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  • Margot Karp, 86, moved with her family to Washington Heights, Manhattan, in 1939 to escape Nazi Germany.

    Karp fondly recalls her mother's strudel-making in her childhood home in southern Germany.

    "It got rolled out in sheets and then you put it down and you pulled the dough and stretched it as far as you could," she says. "They were good at it. That was a favorite dish."

    But when Karp arrived in New York City as a refugee at age 14, she embraced American food and culture.

    "My drive was to be as American as could possibly be as quickly as possible," she says. "I think my parents accused me of wanting to be too much like everybody else...[but], for me, being told by my parents that I was too American was just what I wanted to be."

    (This piece is also featured on American Food Roots: www.americanfoodroots.com/50-states/le…e-remembers/)

    Photo credit: Margot Karp. Courtesy of Margot Karp.
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