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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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THE WOMAN WHO BROUGHT MATISSE … – a favorite with Book Clubs

Photos: 1. Matisse in old age 2. Note from Matisse to Claude, the model whose life story is told in THE WOMAN WHO BROUGHT MATISSE BACK FROM THE DEAD 3. Claude in old age THE WOMAN WHO BROUGHT MATISSE BACK FROM THE DEAD has become a popular choice with Book Clubs. I shouldn’t be surprised since it’s tasty,(…)

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On James Joyce’s birthday, remembering a loyal father

Joyce’s birthday was always a family event. Following, a short excerpt from newly reissued (TMI Press) CLAIRVOYANT available now as a kindle or book, including a New Author’s Note. Despite being diagnosed as schizophrenic, Lucia’s father saw her as a genius like himself. Like a jewel I showed new and incompatible sides, which were breaking off(…)

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(continued) 70 years after Auschwitz – Zahava Bromberg

During the time when I was researching stories that had affected me in some heightened way during my 20 years of Holocaust and World War II writing  for inclusion in Fiet’s Vase and Other Stories of Survival, Europe 1939-1945, I attended an exhibition of mostly sepia photographs curated in Warsaw titled “And I still See Their Faces”(…)

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70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

70 years since the liberation of Auschwitz

On the day the Soviet Army entered Auschwitz-Berkenau (27 January 1945) according to one of several survivors I interviewed many years later, he thought he saw dirty white furry wolves or bears approaching the camp through the snow. When these creatures got closer, he realized they were actually Russian soldiers wearing white fur hats and jackets to protect(…)

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Padric concludes

Padric concludes

             Following is the conclusion to the taped interview with Padric McGarry made in New York City in 1977 also a stock photo of Veronica Lake from the 40s, a prototype, like Dorothy Lamour or Lauren Bacall whom Padric resembled when I first knew him in that long-ago time. Padric,(…)

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Why Padric? Why gay life in the 40s, 50s, 60s? Why such licentious prose?

When I met Padric McGarry in 1976 he looked like a tall, henna-haired Dorothy Lamore from long-ago Hollywood; shoulder length, thick hair, winged shoulder blades, poised with a straight back. His alert, hazel eyes didn’t miss a thing that went on around him. He described himself as “flaming, not nelly with a skinny, fruit body.” We(…)

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