Adam Wygodzki with his family

This is a picture of my son Adam Wygodzki, his wife and their daughter Sunshine. It was taken in Switzerland, the home country of his wife in the 1980s.

In Israel my son was at boarding school. It was called Hadsim, near Natanji. He was 16 when he came to Israel. He graduated from high school and had to go to the army.

There were two types of army duty: regular and kibbutz. So he chose the other kind and he was in a kibbutz. It was in Golan and they guarded Israel's borders there.

It wasn't tough duty. My son would come home from time to time, I'd go and visit him. Adam took part in the Yom Kippur War. He was seriously wounded. He was almost dying. After he was wounded he stayed in the kibbutz for some time.

Then problems with the children began. They were in a different world, climate, mentality, everything was foreign to them. Although they tried to plant their roots there, it wasn't working out.

They were under the influence of this woman, a guru, who was a writer, very talented. There was an entire group connected with this guru: about ten people.

Both my son and my daughter were in that group. [In the 1970s Rina Szani, who changed her name to Rain Shine, created a sect in Israel, the members were recruited from among kibbutzim members.]

My son had decided to leave Israel for good in 1975 or 1976. He married a Swiss girl in 1985. They traveled all over the world. They were in India, New Zealand, Jamaica, South America. Their daughter, her name is Sunshine, was born in New Zealand.

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