Olivia Newman honors her father, Rudolf Schneider; Olivia and her mother affectionately
referred to him as Tate, which means “Daddy” in Yiddish. Before his death during
the Holocaust, he had worked as a teacher at a university. He was a philosopher and
a poet. In 1941, Olivia’s mother received a letter from a neighbor indicating that
Rudolf had been taken away in a wagon along with other men, all of whom were wearing
Jewish stars. Olivia has not forgotten that morning, and remembers that her father
gave her a kiss goodbye. She never saw him again. One of her fond memories of her
father is that his beard would tickle her whenever he kissed her.