The Ransomed of God: The Remarkable Story of One Woman's Role in the Rescue of Syrian Jews

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Malcolm Lester Books, Jan 1, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 277 pages
The Ransomed of God is the amazing, true story of how one woman entered the shadowy world of international intrigue and breached the walls of a totalitarian regime in to help people escape from tyranny. After the State of Israel was formed in 1948, Jews who remained in Arab lands were in peril — none more so than the 5000 Jews of Syria. In the 1970s and 1980s their every move was closely monitored by the Muhabaret (the Syrian Security Police). Extortion, imprisonment, and torture were a constant reality. Judy Feld Carr publicly championed the cause of Syrian Jews as she secretly negotiated their escape — dealing with smugglers, bribing officials, haggling over travel documents, arranging medical aid, and funneling money to those in need, even to those in prison. The machinations involved diplomatic and intelligence official s at the highest levels — the Canadian, American, and Israeli governments, Jewish organizations, Amnesty International, and the International Red Cross. Judy Feld Carr had no previous connection to Syria — she grew up in Sudbury, Ontario, and was a music teacher in Toronto. Her remarkable story stands as a testament to what one person can achieve when compassion is harnessed to determination.

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Harold Troper is a professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and author of The Defining Decade (UTP), winner of the Vine Canadian Jewish Book Award for Scholarship.

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