On Thursday, Nov. 4, Down Home Maine (Western Mountain Senior College), sponsored a very special program. The speakers were Judith Magyar Isaacson and her husband, "Ike" Irving Isaacson. The lives of both Isaacsons have been rich with unique experiences.
Judith, a native of Hungary, is a survivor of the Nazi concentration camps. she talked about her time in the camps and how she, her mother and aunt were liberated. "Ike" was an agent for the OSS (now CIA) in its infancy. He became the first OSS spy to gather Soviet intelligence in the emerging Cold War.
More than 60 people attended this presentation and were treated to two extraordinary speakers whose lives are truly the "times of history." Listening to them tell their stories, both together and singly, was fascinating in itself. What most impressed me, however, is their optimistic outlook on life. Both have survived events fraught with extreme dangers, yet they are positive, vibrant people. A couple whose loving relationship has outlived the horrors of the past. Through them, I am reminded of how fortunate we are to live in the United States.
I am honored to have been in the company of these very special individuals.
Roberta M. Taylor