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My dad died in February 1989. He began having me type his memoirs in 1988.
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His health was so bad that he had difficulty speaking, and I lived in
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northern CA and had three little children, so it was difficult for dad and
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I to accomplish much. After spending his life trying to forget things about
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the war and other bad experiences, shortly before his death he was driven to
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share as much as possible. Typical of my generation of Maurers (I think
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Marlene and Sharon share this with me) I wanted to know as much as possible.
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It was very frustrating not to be able to accomplish more before my dad's
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death. His cousins, Lev Ralph) and Abe Maurer were also aggressively
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pursuing a family history at the time.
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My dad had a massive heart attack in late 1978. He was disabled as a
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result, and had to give up teaching elementary school, but he would go back
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to visit his students whenever he was strong enough, and even did some
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tutoring. He was pretty weak for most of the rest of his life, but a few
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years before his death began taking college courses (maybe adult ed) focused
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on autobiography writing. That is when he first began organizing some of
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the materials that you now have copies of.
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