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Editor's Note - January 2019

Joni Hoffman
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Joni HoffmanIn my editor’s notes, I often admit shortcomings. But this month I am coming clean with a truly mortifying admission: I had never stepped foot inside the Houston Holocaust Museum until the photo shoot for Russell Weil’s Houston’s Holocaust Survivors story. Years ago, I recall dropping off my kids for a field trip, but didn’t go inside. I thought, I don’t want to be depressed today; I’ll go later. This is embarrassing to admit because it’s too important not to go to the museum. My first visit was powerful. I loved meeting local Holocaust survivors Ruth Steinfeld, Anna Steinberger and Bill Orlin. This month, writer Russell Weil, who’s also a docent at the museum, beautifully captures their stories. I gave Anna a ride to the museum for the photo shoot. I was white-knuckling it in bumper-to-bumper traffic when it struck me that maybe giving Anna a ride hadn’t been a good idea – this brilliant woman had survived the Holocaust but possibly not my driving. Thankfully, we were fine, and Anna even invited me for lunch sometime. I can’t wait to get on that busy calendar of hers and take her to lunch. In an Uber. [email protected]

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