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More reaction to BLAB-TV; Saving the children


More reaction to BLAB-TV

Style Weekly's recent article on RICH-TV (formerly BLAB-TV) crossed the line between fact and mean-spirited fiction (cover story, April 10).

As CEO of an advertising and marketing firm, I applaud Michael Morchower for setting aside financial gain for many years at BLAB-TV in an attempt to keep live TV available to local advertisers. Sometimes advertisers need more than a quarter-page ad in the newspaper to tell their story and attract new customers. Live TV fills a marketing niche for advertisers, and serves as a resource for thousands of viewers who tune in weekly for useful information on a variety of subjects. It's sad that good reporters like Meg Medina have to stoop to distorting the truth in order to get a story published in your paper.

Wanda Lewis Goodridge
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Note: Ms. Goodridge has been hired by Mr. Morchower to manage RICH-TV.

Saving the children

I read with great interest Style's article on the movie "Into the Arms of Strangers," the story of the Kindertransport (Film, April 17). But may I set something straight? The children were not put on British trains for their journey to England. Since the youngsters hailed from Berlin, Vienna, and many places in between, the trains of course were German. They rolled across Germany, Belgium or Holland to the coast where the children transferred to steamers to cross the English Channel to England's shores.

Like, no doubt, many others, I am happy to see the story of the Kindertransport resurrected. It is truly one of the heartbreaks of the pre-World War II period. The trauma of a 5-, 6-, or 7-year-old being abruptly separated from parents (in most cases forever) is beyond imagination.

However, it was the children's parents who made the ultimate sacrifice in sending their children away on the journey that would save their lives.

The greatest praise in the story of the Kindertransport belongs, of course, to England. When other borders were closed to refugees, England generously took in almost 10,000 doomed youngsters. But for this humane gesture, most of the children would have perished together with their parents in Hitler's extermination camps.

Today, many of the "Kinder" as well as their children are united in an organization called the Kindertransport Association. There is a newsletter and occasional reunions to keep alive a shared past. Never forgotten are the wonderful people who worked so hard to save thousands of young lives from certain death. They were the strangers into whose arms the children were sent.

Frances Nunnally

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