Letters to the Editor
Letters to the Editor
The Gift of Life
The November/December 2021 articles about kidney donation (“A Perfect Match” and “The Hadassah Kidney”) were not only inspiring but undoubtedly helped to demystify the process and educate the public about donorship.
My husband, Chuck Winer, a Jewish war veteran, is in desperate need of a lifesaving kidney transplant after the damage done to those organs by the medical treatments he received after exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam. Several family members and a few close friends have been disqualified to donate. Now, time is running out. To read more about Chuck and our search for a kidney, please visit Kidney4Chuck.com.
Debbie K. Winer
Sephardi Jewish Geography
I always look forward to receiving Hadassah Magazine. In the November/
December issue, Hannah Pressman’s essay, “Ladino as Sephardi Cultural Bedrock,” was of particular interest to me, as my maternal grandparents were Sephardi, having come from Turkey. Reading the article, I had hoped to find a familiar name—and Galante was it! It turns out that my great-great grandmother was a Galante.
A Fuller Truth on Bulgaria
I would like to comment on “Sofia’s Serendipity,” from the November/December issue, in particular the statement that Bulgarian authorities saved the country’s entire Jewish population during World War II—a statement that is not wholly accurate.
As a reward for being an Axis regime, in 1941, Bulgaria was allowed by Germany to occupy most of Greek Thrace, Yugoslav Macedonia and Pirot County in eastern Serbia. In March 1943, Bulgarian forces deported 11,343 Jews living in those occupied lands to Treblinka, where they were murdered in gas chambers or shot.
Coral Springs, Fla.
The July/August 2020 article “Morocco, Where Jewish Memory Live On” by Lisa Hostein had a tremendous impact on me, so much that I booked a trip to Morocco for 2021. I have now returned.
I took Hostein’s article with me and walked in many of her footsteps. In Chefchaouen, we visited Abdullah at his market stall, where he weaves and sells baskets. In Marrakesh, we walked to Miara cemetery and met watchman Otman Kanami and his brother Khalid.
Although there are few Jews living in Morocco today, the extent to which our Jewish heritage is alive in this Muslim land is indeed a wonderful memory for me.
Madeira Beach, Fla.
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