Her mother's father, for example, was one of the founders of a freethinking movement. "Atheists basically," said Strobos. "Nonbelievers. Theirs was a campaign against the clergy because the clergy had so much power, [and] it tended to abuse it." Furthermore, her mother's parents, as well as her mother, "moved in a bohemian, socialist circle" and had Jewish friends. In fact, her maternal grandmother as well as her mother helped hide Jews from the Germans.