A real anniversary

On this day in 1946 my parents married. I can be very sure it was not a romantic or lavish ceremony; they married in a Displaced Persons camp in Austria. Remember, April 12, 1946 was not a full year after the end of World War II in Europe. Go to hell, Holocaust deniers! My father watched his family murdered by Nazi troops (you don’t want to know how he survived) and my mother and her parents escaped from their tiny Polish town just a couple of days ahead of the Nazis. My existence is a very low probability event.

My parents and sister (born in the Displaced Persons camp) moved to Israel in 1949 and then immigrated to the US in the late 1950s. I am the first person in my family born in the US.

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From smclassiccars.com a picture of a 1946 Oldsmobile 98. I don’t know if this car had the Hydra-Matic transmission. That transmission, the first real clutch-less one, was introduced in the 1940 model year by Oldsmobile after being jointly produced by them and Cadillac. By 1949, one million cars with Hydra-Matic had been sold and remember that the 1942 model year was cut short and there were no cars for the 1943-45 model years because of World War II.

OK, last week’s What Car Is This? car was a Tatra produced in Czechoslovakia. Since no one bothers to guess the identity of the What Car Is This? cars, it will cease to be a regular feature. In general, I am disappointed at the lack of feedback. Only one person, Maurice, comments on a regular basis.

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