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"We Are Not Forgotten"

One of the last surviving members of a prominent Jewish family of carpenters in the Konkan villages about three hours south of Mumbai, India, 73-year-old Milka Waskar depends on the help she receives from Federation partner JDC to live.

A retired plantation farmer, Milka suffers from asth…

Soundtrack of Destruction: Recovering the Music of the Holocaust

Clive Marks was distraught. A lecturer on music in the Third Reich and patron of the arts in England, he found he couldn’t write about music of the era without knowing more about the history of that time. Some told him it was all history and he should let it go, but he couldn’t, not whil…

Yafit's Long Walk to Success

Yafit had the kind of childhood that would break most people. Until she was 7, she knew nothing but poverty and fear in her village in Ethiopia. Then her parents made her and her siblings flee, walking through deadly terrain in the blindness of night for a month and a half, never knowing whe…

Mellow Flower Power in Hungary

Many know cervical cancer as the disease’s most preventable form. But it’s a very different story in Eastern Europe, where the topic is taboo.

When Icó Tóth was diagnosed in 2011 after the birth of her daughter, she struggled to find any information at all about her condition in Hun…

When It Comes to Fighting Breast Cancer, “Together, It’s Easier”

In Eastern Europe, a diagnosis of breast cancer can bring as much loneliness as pain. When Bori Halom of Budapest was diagnosed in 2012, she blogged her experience out of a need to break the silence. Soon it grew into a support group for fellow Hungarian breast cancer patients and survivors …