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myStory: David Bezmozgis

David Bezmozgis's story posted on May 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm. David emigrated from Riga, Latvia to Toronto, Canada in 1980

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In this interview with HIAS, award-winning writer and filmmaker David Bezmozgis describes celebrating Jewish holidays in Latvia that were disguised as birthday parties; how his family's decision to move to Toronto was made standing in a stairwell, talking to his father's friend--a HIAS employee; and how his fascination with his culture and family history has inspired his work. His most recent novel, The Free World, was released in April 2011.