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A hug from afar : one family's dramatic journey through three continents to escape the Holocaust / Claire Barkey Flash ; edited and compiled by Cynthia Flash Hemphill ; translated by Morris Barkey

Publication | Library Call Number: DS135.G72 R4836 2016
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From the young age of 9 on the Aegean island of Rhodes, Clara Barki started writing to her uncle Ralph and aunty Rachel Capeluto in the far-away place known as Seattle, Wash. This smart and determined young woman, who was always at or near the top of her class, used the dying language of Judeo-Spanish, or Ladino, to report news of the relatives Ralph left behind on Rhodes and the happenings of her Sephardic Jewish community. But what started as friendly letters quickly turned to desperate pleas for help as life for the Jews of Rhodes deteriorated under the control of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, who allied with Adolph Hitler. Forgotten and never thought of again, Clara's letters turned up more than 60 years after they were written and after she, Ralph and Rachel had passed away. Preserved and translated from Ladino into English, they paint a vivid and detailed 16-year story of how one family triumphed and survived after they became refugees and rode the roller coaster of successes and failures to legally win permission to immigrate to the United States.

Flash, Claire Barkey, 1921-1991, author.
Bellevue, WA : Cynthia Flash Hemphill, Flash Media Services, [2016]
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