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VILIFICATION OF SOROS

SOROS'S GOOD WORK

It warms my heart that you are providing this series on George Soros ("The Vilification of George Soros in Israel," Winter 2019). His work with his Open Society Foundation has been redemptive. I am weary of the criticism of George Soros. In 1993 when I made my first of some 15 journeys to Lithuania, Soros's Open Society Foundation there was already helping with the needed transformation following occupation by the Soviets from 1940 to 1941, by the Germans from 1941 to 1944, and again by the Soviets from 1945 to 1991. The aim was to provide transition to a democratic civil society through programs in law, public health, education, information. My direct experience was to witness the establishment of a library, access to computers and information, work and study places, participation in the larger world and the great pleasure of those who made use of this free access. Soros understood very well how essential and life-changing this would be.

Myra Sklarew Bethesda, MD

SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

I applaud you for embarking on a new series concerning George Soros. There are so many details in the first installment that I had not been aware of. I admire your courage to step forward and shed light on the fake news that has been buzzing in the media and public discourse. I was shocked and appalled to learn that there are some in Israeli (and American) circles who do not seem to have any scruples about spreading false claims of Mr. Soros's past, thereby condemning a man--a Holocaust survivor of all people!--who just happens to be on the other end of the political spectrum and who supports other causes than they prefer. What an outrage. We live in very disquieting times, and so it is comforting to know that you devote a series to searching for and telling the truth, as you have done so marvelously before. I truly hope that your work will help set the man's record straight, clear his name and dry up the lies. Thank you for doing what is right! Keep up the good work!

Elli B. Stephens Ostfildern, Germany

SOROS'S JEWISH VALUES

Why, Nadine Epstein asks in Moment's winter issue, is George Soros vilified in Israel? Why do Jews denigrate a man who has devoted his life to supporting what Jews have stood for over the centuries? In an article that uses narrative storytelling to help us understand how we got here, Epstein probes the genesis of the antipathy toward Soros. She uses Soros's own words to explain how he and his family escaped the Holocaust in Hungary, how he squared his Jewish heritage with...

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