The game of the name – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News

An article on the Baroness Ariane de Rothschild

The game of the name – Haaretz Daily Newspaper | Israel News.

“Life in very poor countries, in which most of the people are waging a daily struggle to survive and in which there is often nothing to eat, creates a different set of values, even if you yourself are white and live relatively well. You learn to appreciate what you have. There is a story I like to tell my girls. There was a time when chocolate was scarce in Africa. My father would bring us chocolate from his visits to Europe. One time he came back with the magical box of chocolates. We were allowed to eat one chocolate a day. One day we had guests and my father told me to bring the box of chocolates for them to taste. I didn’t want to share them but I had no choice. To my last day I will never forget the looks we gave the visiting African children as they gleefully devoured the whole treasure. The chocolate was very precious to us, because once it was gone there was no more to be had. When you come to Europe from countries like that it is hard to connect with all the abundance. You no longer take anything for granted.”