When the Germans invaded Belgium, Leah Starkman and her family evacuated deep into France where they stayed until her parents were arrested. Later the children were shipped from one house to another—from the Salvation Army to a Jewish Community Center. One little suitcase was always with Leah. She wondered if she'd ever see her parents again and kept asking, "Are my parents alive?" After a severe depression at the age of 12, she heard rumors that "I would be gotten rid of." She was always afraid to say she was Jewish. Finally reunited with her father, she asked, "Where's Mother?" Her father said, "We'll talk about it later," but they never did.