Special announcement - Seeking help for our friends in India, or
How this nice Jewish girl ended up starting a GoFundMe for Touch Ministries…
It began with the saying, "Whoever saves one life, it is as if they saved the world."
As the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and having had very bad experiences with takeovers of community hospitals here by Catholic networks, I was surprised to find myself volunteering at a mission hospital in India in 2011...I remember my initial dismay and discomfort with their morning prayer and meeting. Conducted in Hindi, I quickly found them peaceful and comforting, a good reminder for staff of their purpose and good way to start the day.
I quickly fell in love with Lady Willingdon Hospital and especially Dr. Philip's leadership. That was 10 years ago. Heather spent ~6 months there initially researching drug resistant TB; she and I have been back and remained close to them.
India is facing an overwhelming #Covid19 crisis. Manali's area serves a population of 100,000 and is projected to serve as many as 13,000 with Covid. LWH is a 55-bed charity hospital.
Please consider joining me in supporting these wonderful people. There are few opportunities I can think of for you to make a more immediate and tangible difference.
I know they will maximize donations received, using them carefully and strategically.
Any donation, no matter how large or small, is appreciated and will be put to good use
Resilience: One Family's Story of Hope and Triumph over Evil is my latest work, the story of my Holocaust survivor family, how I came to write their story, and how growing up in the shadow of the Holocaust shaped me and my career as a physician and author.
You'll find many things to explore on this site—including more about my extended family, the Holocaust, and current events that are echoing the past genocide. The Legacies of the Holocaust blog will explore these related issues and current events.
I am also an infectious diseases physician and medical writer. Conducting Clinical Research was my first book, a guide for doctors, nurses, and patients on how medical treatments are developed, how drugs and devices are tested in clinical trials, and the political and ethical issues surrounding trials.
I've also written for Scientific American and am a Pharma/Healthcare contributor at Forbes. Some of my posts deal with specific illnesses or advances in medicine. Many of them focus on social justice issues. A sampling of them will be posted on my other blog, Politics, Science, and Other Assorted Musings.
Genealogy resources and advice are also available on this website. Finally, for fun and those who like living vicariously, there is an annotated gallery of photos—historical family portraits, pictures from my travels overseas, and photos of my hobbies of gardening and woodturning.
Resilience is being greeted with strong praise:
"Her connections between social conditions, disease, and survival results is more than just another family memoir of surviving Nazi death camps . . . It probes the roots of resilience, considers hope, kindness, and gratitude in the face of suffering, and weaves these themes into an inspirational family memoir . . .
"Another big difference . . . is that Dr. Stone reviews past experiences, present-day choices, and the influences that shape personalities and perspectives on how to live life . . .Resilience draws important connections between events and their generational influence.
"While Resilience is highly recommended for any Jewish history collection strong in autobiographies of Holocaust experience, it would be a shame to limit its audience to this group alone. It holds invaluable lessons for those interested in family dynamics, the legacy of survival, adaptation and change, and how to ultimately make the world a gentler, more peaceful place."
"Resilience acts as a reminder of how dangerous it is for any community to allow the rights of others to be dented little by little because of racism and prejudice...
Stone's own words encapsulate the value of the book, especially in our troubled times: 'My determination to complete this project has been fueled by the rising divisiveness, 'othering,' and fascism that currently envelops our country and Europe. I wanted this story to serve as one more warning. It is my hope that if enough of us speak up, speak out, tell the truth about the world history, we will somehow stem the tide of growing hatred."
Judy Stone has also been mentioned in interviews on Fresh Air with Terry Gross and in The New Yorker.