the Forward’s society columnist
Leon, a Holocaust survivor, came to the US with her parents as a young girl, and soon embarked on her career as a writer. Immediately upon arrival, the family learned they were to be “repatriated” to Poland (not their native Lithuania). Young Masha wrote a letter explaining the dire situation to Eleanor Roosevelt, who interceded on the family’s behalf. Leon now writes "Fast Forward," a popular and entertaining society column for the Forward, America’s only national Jewish newspaper.