Where after a failed attempt to trap my grandfather
my grandother is arrested and sent to prison


My grandmother was imprisoned shortly thereafter when she was caught trying to get across the border with documents obtained through "friends of Jerry." The police wanted to lure my grandfather back across the border but using a code from their chess-playing days provided by my father Jerry got word to him that it was a trap and so Dedi went straight to America.

She was released a few months later on her 53rd birthday for a very simple reason: it was cheaper to let her go than to keep her. She had become eligible for her pension and once it was obvious her husband was not coming back she was allowed to leave the country with the blessings of the Party.

She followed my grandfather to upstate New York but she never forgave him for stranding her at the border.

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