Before joining his ﬁnancée in Germany, Sasson went to visit his family in Israel. These were the last years of his mother’s life. She was already ill but still active and working. Seeing his mother and the rest of the family ﬁlled Sasson with happiness. Everyone was delighted with this reunion.
But the day comes when Sasson must leave for Hamburg. Gollar’s uncle Nathan advised him to always dress smart, and behave appropriately in front of his ﬁancée’s family. Sasson accepted the advice, and went to the airport wearing a chic suit with a bow tie. Then someone forced him to take a huge jar of jam and deliver it to his new in-laws! Now imagine Sasson wearing a suit and a bow tie, carrying a jar of jam. He was afraid that the jar would break on the way, which is exactly what happened!
But that’s not all! Sasson also carried a bag full of silver artwork, which he had bought as presents for his ﬁancée and in-laws. In the airport, a very kind man offered him help carrying his bag and bringing it to his seat on the airplane. Sasson was happy about this help. After all, he had a jar of jam to attend to! As you may have guessed, the bag never reached the seat.
Sasson: When I arrived at Hamburg airport, bow tie and all, I saw an airport full of people who all came to welcome me. The whole Persian Jewish community of Hamburg was there! In addition to my natural shyness, the only present I had left for Gollar and her family, was the broken jar of jam… I thought I would melt from embarrassment!
They took me to their home, and I faced Golli’s father, who was a serious person. He looked at me very sternly, and his wife Margrit had to kick him once in a while to remind him to be nice and keep his smile on.