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Laureen Nussbaum pulled a 76-year-old diary off a bookshelf in her Wallingford apartment. When her German refugee family lived in the Netherlands during the Nazi occupation, they took turns writing in it.

"Finis — Antisemitismus!!" her father wrote as Allied liberators ended the Holocaust. Underneath is the yellow star — branded with the word "jood," Dutch for "Jew" — he no longer had to wear.

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