Aaron was fluent in nine different languages. It was only recently discovered that Aaron wrote many poems in several different languages, including Latin, Czech, Russian, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Hebrew and Yiddish. Although he was fluent in German, he never wrote poetry in that language.

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At 75, Aaron Herskowitz and his beloved Helen returned to Bilke. It was the first time since World War II. It was only after much convincing from their three children that they were able to get their father and mother, also a native Bilker, to make the journey.
Howard, who has been fascinated with his father’s stories since childhood, hadn’t truly understood his parents’ reluctance to return. Together, Aaron and his family revisited familiar countryside while Howard used video and audio to record his father’s fascinating memories.

 


Bottom row from left to right: Aaron shows that he survived to return to his hometown Bilke; Aaron and Helen and old friends during their return to Bilke; Aaron’s family had bred horses, and as an adult in Florida, he was able to return to a childhood passion; Aaron and Helen, with children Louis, Philis, Howard and grandchildren.