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A Tearful Reunion

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What had expected to be a formal dedication ceremony of the opening of a new pavilion at the Jewish old age home in Sao Paulo turned into a moving and tearful scene between President Joao Figueiredo, and an 83-year-old resident of the home, Irene Grunwald.

As the President moved through the crowd of old people and guests he spotted Grunwald, a long time friend of his late mother. He embraced her and tears came to his eyes. The President then posed for the photographer of Rio’s leading daily, Journal do Brasil, holding a flag bearing the inscription Shalom which was offered to him by one of the home’s residents.

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