But WW II changed a lot. Her elder brothers served as soldiers and she worked as a secretary in former Strasburg, now Brodnica. In January '45 the family took refuge by trek and she was separated from them, advanced in pregnancy. In a freight train she passed the border and delivered her son in that train amidst other refugees.
She brought up her only son alone, working as a secretary, living in a big tenement. A tall, slim, elegant, independent woman.
In her late thirties she met a man on a neighbor's party. They fell in love, visit each other almost every day, traveling together. But they never married, they never shared a flat. Both remained as closest visitors in each other's life, in deep love. Until now, almost half a century later.
A role model for me since childhood.