Zvi and Zivia (Sabaria) Abraham

From the testimony of the twin sister Ayala Hila Segev:

My parents immigrated from Iraqi Kurdistan, they married and lived in Mevaseret Zion. We, my twin sister and I, were born on September 21, 1960, at the Old Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem. My mother was hospitalized there for the birth, and on the first day after our birth, Dr. Meyer and a nurse named Gabi arrived and told her:

"You are young" (she was 16.5)

"And you come from a family without means, and you cannot raise two children, I want one girl".

The nurse and the doctor came to her bedside three times and for five days they talked to her about giving up one of us. The nurse actually pressured her. My mother did not agree and did not want to give up one of her daughters, she threw her out of the room each time.

After five days, my mother came to check on us, because someone in the maternity room told her that one of her baby girls was not there. She came to the nursery and the staff told her:

"You can not enter to see your babies until your husband arrives"

And slammed the door in her face. My father was 23, he was the head of the council in Mevaseret Zion. When he arrived, they told him:

"Sir, one girl is dead, take the other girl and go home"

Without showing him the body, a burial place or a death certificate. My mother cried and said that she knew they had taken the girl, since they kept telling her to give her up and in the end they just took her. Finally, they just came home with me. Without my twin sister. I was born with a deformed foot, a rare health problem, something rare that happens with twins, and as a young child I went through a fair number of surgeries to fix it. My twin was born healthy, so the nurse took the second baby, the healthy one. My mother didn't understand, she was a child herself.

Later on, my mother worked as a secretary at the Academic Association in Jerusalem. Among the people she worked with were doctors, and she shared her story with them. They told her that what happened to her must be investigated.

They arrived at Shaare Zedek hospital, and asked the nurses and doctors if they remember a Dr. Meyer and a nurse by the name of Gabi. The answer they got was that there was a nurse by that name, that she had left and that she has one adopted girl. My mother went crazy, she felt that the nurse had taken her daughter for herself.

When Uzi Meshulam's story began, and he started to collect testimonies, my mother went with all the material that she had collected, and gave her testimony. The release letter my mother received from the hospital stated that she came from a family without means, that she was unable to raise children. That she was unfit to raise children, and that it is preferable she did not raise children. I kept the letter until I was 21. After that the letter was lost, but I remember it well.

When I was a student at Bar Ilan University, at the age of 21, there was a guard at the gate who used to say to me:

"Madam, there is someone who looks like you, like two drops of water, in Rishon Lezion"

and I thought - what does he want from me? I did not think about it. Today it resonates with me. There is someone who is like me, like two drops of water, here, in the country. I have known the story since I was born. My mother told the story until she passed away in 2012, whenever she spoke to anyone, she never stopped mentioning that she had another child. That the child wasn't dead.