Good Neighbor Sam
Ward Harkavy's gem of an article, "Pipeline to Palestine" in the August 14 issue, about the group of Jewish men who decided they had to act instead of cowering in fear, hit a personal note with me. My father was a Slovak mountain Jew who fully realized what was happening and what was intended to happen by the Nazis during the Shoah. Confronted by that reality, he and other committed Jews went into the mountains with their hunting rifles and made it clear to the Nazis and their Slovak fascist punks: "If you want us, come and get us. We will make it more expensive for you than your little gatherings of docile Jews at the railroad stations for 'relocation' (to places like Auschwitz)." The lesson for them was easy to comprehend: 22 out of the 27 partisans survived the war, compared to the overwhelming majority of the law-abiding Jews who let themselves be loaded into the cattle cars.

The lessons in the twentieth century have been a radical re-education for Jews, as well as for any people with their eyes open. If you are not willing to do everything possible and necessary in your own defense, be prepared to suffer horrific consequences. Sam Sterling, Bernie Springer and the other men who understood that simple fact were clearly men of common sense.

Max Winkler-Wang
via the Internet

I read with fond remembrance the story about Sam Sterling and his involvement with providing guns and ammunition to Israel in 1947-48. I was born in 1947, and one of my mother's favorite stories was how the home she shared with my father was a drop-off and pickup point that year for guns and ammunition to help the Jews in Palestine. We lived in New York City, and my father was a doctor who at the time had his office in their five-room apartment. Since there were always people coming in and out at all hours, their apartment was deemed a safe haven. First, there would be "items" dropped off and hidden; then the pickup would occur. This went on for over a year. Once, they were pretty sure that some of their "stuff" was confiscated in a government raid.

My father was a refugee from Austria and managed to escape the Holocaust in 1938. Many in his extended family weren't quite as lucky. Helping Palestine, soon to become Israel, and the displaced Jews from war-torn Europe was important to them, as well as to hundreds of other "ordinary" Americans like Sam Sterling. Great article on something very few people know about.

Elizabeth Ferber Reder

Thanks for a great article. It reminded me of the stories my grandfather used to tell about how he sold hunting rifles out of his hardware store in Brooklyn to pretend hunters who would then take them to the store basement and put them in barrels to be moved late at night to the docks to be shipped to the Haganah.

Michael Frieman

In the Beginning ...
Regarding Ward Harkavy's "King James's Version," in the August 14 issue:
The Bible has been written and rewritten over and over again since the beginning of "biblical" time. Mr. James Dobson believes that women are the chattel of men, and so long as he touts that belief, he will alienate a little more than half of the human race. We all belong to each other. We are all part of the human race. We are all God's children. If Mr. Dobson has sons and daughters, does he love his sons more? Why would he think God would love his sons more? Men and women are links in the same chain. When God created this chain, he did not make the female links weaker. That would have weakened the whole. God would not only address men. He had to have meant the Bible to be for everyone.

Cheryl Bower
via the Internet

Behind Him All the Way
I'd always heard that Barry Fey was an asshole, but after reading Michael Roberts's August 14 article, "The Long Goodbye," I realized that Barry Fey is my kind of asshole! He's not afraid to say what he thinks, a quality that is all too rare these days.

Great career, Barry! Great article, Michael Roberts!
Judy Hughes

As a friend and former employee of Barry Fey for over 27 years, I must disagree with the overall portrait your article paints. Barry is a much more generous and giving person than your interview subjects care to remember. Perhaps they are jealous that he could succeed in areas they could only aspire to.

Barry recruited me away from the Doors prior to my moving to Denver in 1970, defended me when my own version of "Wild Man on the Loose" got me arrested, taught me the business, loaned me money for several business ventures, always took my calls, co-signed for my car and did many other favors I can't even remember.

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