The Diamond and Running Scared

When we began this deeply meaningful and satisfying project, I did not make any connection to the diamond in my engagement ring, a gift from Bill’s maternal grandmother Sophie Midas. In the late 30’s, she risked smuggling it out of Germany inside her bra, as she fled to Portugal for safety. She told the members of her family that someday she would give it to her grandson “Billy’s” fiancé.

No one could have imagined that if we fast forwarded, almost 50 years, I would be passionately committed to revealing her family’s story, on a blog, entitled the HAITI JEWISH REFUGEE LEGACY PROJECT.

The ring, smuggled out of Germany during the Shoah, strangely foreshadowed the work I am doing today.

Harriet Mohr
November 27, 2010


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