To the Editor:
BRAVO TO Mark Lasswell! In his article on a little-known 20th-century woman, Mr. Lasswell has given us the makings of a remarkable screenplay (“The Emma Messing Story,” April). Emma Messing deserves wider recognition. She was a person of great courage and charity. First a singer, she went on to witness the formative Nazi years, their brutal takeover of Germany, and their ultimate defeat. She made a plea for humanity and broadcast her disdain for those “thousands upon thousands of Nazis [who] deserved to be executed” and who were overlooked by the Nuremberg Trials. For all this, she demands to be recognized.
Albany, New York
Mark Lasswell writes:
THANKS TO Joseph Shapiro for his kind words. His letter provides me the opportunity to add an important detail to the story. I should have noted in the article that Emma Messing’s onetime fiancé and friend of 30 years, the American businessman Carl Fisher, was a product of his often anti-Semitic times. During the interwar period, Fisher’s Miami Beach hotel and real-estate operations employed policies that were hostile to Jews. Fisher would override those policies for Jewish friends and associates, but that doesn’t make his willingness to use an odious business practice of the day any less repellent.