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Alexander, Baches, Baras …

ALEXANDER WAS HIS SURNAME and I don’t remember his given name. He was a handsome boy with dark curly hair. His father was a professor at the Lwow University, his parents knew mine and I was encouraged to play with him. Baches, again a surname, was a somewhat overweight boy and wore glasses. Again, his parents knew mine and we were encouraged to play together. The Bacheses lived in the centre of old Lwow (Lemberg of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Lwow of Poland and now Lviv of western Ukraine) a stone’s throw from the rynek (town square) with its imposing ratusz…

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