Why did Hannah's mother and other relatives make allowances for grandpa will's eccentric and often embarrassing behavior
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Grandpa Dan lived through the Holocaust. He lost parts of his family, many friends, and experienced the Nazi atrocities first-hand. These things affected them for life.... how could they not? Thus, his family ignored or excused his behavior based upon these things. His outbursts were understandable.... and excusable.
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