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This clipping was just sent to me. It’s part of a talk I gave at a community college in Maryland not very long ago. One glaring correction: Anne Frank was born in 1929, not 1919, as I state in the talk. Shame on me! Perhaps some of the impenetrable expressions on the faces in the audience rattled(…)

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Final excerpt – From Part V – “A Rising Urge to Strangle Someone” – The Woman Who …

She was in the bed beside the door, supine, her face in fixed repose. A black eye-patch was covering her left eye. Alice pulled up a chair and sat beside her. When Claude opened her right eye she showed no surprise. She let Alice squeeze her hand. Alice bent and kissed it, she looked up(…)

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Excerpt from Part III – “It’s Possible to Lead a Cow Upstairs but Not Down” – from The Wo…

  The taxi drove along Lexington Avenue to 42nd Street. His mother had always spoken about Justina as an angel. No photo of Justina survived. No photo of anything, even his mother and father’s wedding, had survived World War I. Julia’s descriptions of Justina had varied so much during the years that he could not(…)

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Excerpt from Part III — “In Paradisum” — The Woman Who ….

The room’s walls were painted pale pink. Julia was hooked up to various machines. Her usually hidden flesh-pink colostomy bag was clipped to the metallic bed frame, its lavender hose disappearing under the blanket. Beside it, also attached to the bed frame, a clear plastic deflated balloon into which bright yellow urine was dripping through(…)

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Remembering Cyla and Simon Wiesenthal on Valentine’s Day

The young married couple, Simon and Cyla Wiesenthal, became separated early in the war. Helped by the underground, she had been taken to various hiding places where she lived under false names. Arrested and deported, he became a prisoner in a sequence of concentration camps. At war’s end, through the grapevine, each learned that the other was dead — Simon by his own(…)

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Excerpt from Part III — “It’s Possible to Lead a Cow Upstairs But Not Down” – The Woman …

The taxi drove along Lexington Avenue to 42nd Street. His mother had always spoken about Justina as an angel. No photo of Justina survived. No photo of anything, even his mother and father’s wedding, had survived World War I. Julia’s descriptions of Justina had varied so much during the years that he could not help(…)

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