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A Hug From Afar: One family's dramatic journey through three continents to escape the Holocaust Paperback – February 12, 2016
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About the Author
Claire Barkey Flash, AKA Clara Barki, was born on the Island of Rhodes in 1921, the first of six children in a Sephardic Jewish family. Due to her determination and perseverance, she was able to orchestrate her family's escape from Rhodes during World War II and eventual immigration to the United States by doggedly writing letters to her uncle in Seattle, Wash. Cynthia Flash Hemphill, Claire Barkey's daughter, is a journalist and publicist. She owns Flash Media Services, a media relations firm based in Bellevue, Wash. During her long media career, Flash worked for United Press International, The Scottsdale Progress, Hayward Daily Review, and Tacoma News Tribune. Her articles have appeared in People Magazine, The Seattle Times, the Puget Sound Business Journal, and dozens of other magazines, newspapers and online media sources. As a first-generation American, she became interested in this important immigration story after being surrounded by the Sephardic Jewish culture of her mother's large family. She is proud to be able to preserve and pass on this story for others to enjoy.
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Its both a deeply personal story of one family's immigration, and fits well into our broader understanding of the mix of cultures and stories that make up America.
The strength of this book is the first person narrative nature. It's a firsthand experience, as the reader has an over-the -shoulder look as the letters are written, first relating family events, the urgently seeking help. We feel her tension, wondering if she and her family will make it out alive, even though we know the ending.