Evie Altman

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Simon Lachman, my dad's mom's dad, immigrated in 1911 from Poland, and then brought his and his wife's entire family over. He was a sweet, giving, smart man who was strong as the yoke holding the oxen in the shtetl. Once in Queens, he worked as a tailor and carpenter, eventually owned apartment buildings, lost everything in the crash, and then built up again, moving to Miami Beach and buying different properties, including a hotel on South Beach that my grandparents operated. Toward the end of his life, he started experimenting with broken glass and tiles, and created beautiful art that will survive as long as his ancestors.