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Assia Azenkot

Assia Azenkot was born in Soviet Vilna/Vilnius, Lithuania. Her parents were Holocaust survivors. She spent her childhood listening to their stories of survival and about her family members, all of whom perished in Lithuania in the beginning of the war. In 1971, her parents, sister and herself immigrated to Israel where she spent the next 25 years. She became an English teacher, got married and had children. In 1995, her family relocated to San Jose, California. She continued to work as an English as a Second Language instructor in California. In 2017, when her first granddaughter was
born, she decided to retire. Looking to enjoy and develop old and new interests, she undertook studying Yiddish. Shortly after the outbreak of the pandemic, she became a leader of FYG - Fishl’s Yiddish Group, a weekly international Yiddish discussion group on zoom.

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