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Daring to Resist


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barbara ledermann rodbell
After the War
Barbara continued using her talents by dancing, acting and modeling. With her family lost in concentration camps, she left Amsterdam and moved to the United States. Dancing did not provide steady income, so Barbara joined the Ringling Brothers Circus. Then, because she didn't want to travel with the circus, she took a job in Baltimore, selling cosmetics. She met Martin Rodbell in an amateur theater group, married him and raised four children — "two for me and two for my sister ." Her husband won a Nobel Prize in medicine in 1994.


Barbara as a circus performer in the U.S.
After the war, Barbara rides an elephant with the circus in America.

Barbara’s Message for Teenagers Today
"You always have to think for yourself."

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