Joseph Strasser was born in Austria eight years before Hitler took the country over and sent young Joseph's father to a concentration camp. By some miracle, his mother was able to free his father and the family left Austria. The situation in Vichy-controlled France was only marginally better. Although together again, the family was not permitted to leave France together - only the children were allowed egress. Their parents surely feared for the future of Joseph and his younger brother, Alex, so the boys were sent to an aunt in the U.S. who put them in boarding school. It was the first time Joseph had ever been to school. Some time after the liberation of France, Joseph's father arrived in the States with a box of ashes. They never spoke of how or even exactly where his mother died.
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