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A Question Answered

Last week I wrote about the death of a mysterisous 92 year-old homeless Holocaust surivor who left $100,000 to Hebrew University.  I was incredibly troubled by the story, about how little was known about this woman, and about her story being lost forever. Today, we learned her story. 

Her name is Ida Fischer, and she was not homeless. A Daily News article, quoting her friends and neighbors, paints Ida Fischer as an "eccentric hippie" with a big heart. She was friendly, lively, and a lover of New York City. 

I found this part of the story particularly great: "In her prime, Fischer was 'blessed with a beautiful face' and had 'more boyfriends than hair on your head,' Szanto said.  'Her famous saying was, 'Lay down, I want to talk to you.'"  Talk about a Jewess with attitude!

Also discussed is her experience during WWII, her estrangement from her sister, and her slow decent into dementia in her last year.  This, I'm guessing, might be related to why she was originally misrepresented as a "bag lady."

I feel better now that I know Ida Fischer's story. I am thankful that it was told and relieved that she will be remembered as the woman she really was.

*Photo courtesty of The Daily News.

 

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Berkenwald, Leah. "A Question Answered." 13 August 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on January 20, 2018) <https://jwa.org/blog/idafischer>.

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