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Author responds to recent letter
I would like to thank Betty Ratner for her June 3 letter to the editor to the Star Tribune concerning Augie Ratner, her late ex-husband and the hero of my latest book, “Augie’s Secrets: The Minneapolis Mob and the King of the Hennepin Strip.”
As in many cultures, it is not unusual in large Jewish extended families (mishpocha) to refer to elders who are blood relations, no matter the distance of that relationship, as “Uncle,” and that is how I knew him. Augie was, to clarify, my grandmother’s cousin. Future editions of the book will note the specificity of that relationship. As to other aspects of her comments, a Yiddish phrase perhaps applies: In toch iz yeder tsad gerech — in families, both sides are correct.
Neal Karlen, Minneapolis
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