“Give me your tired, your poor
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Thus – Emma Lazarus penned her way to immortality. Yet, she was a legend time has not fully developed – the public unaware of her complex contributions to mankind.
One of the first women feminists, an ardent advocate of the rights of all people to freedom, the foremost translator of her time, she established Jewish pride among her own, wrote the Gottheil hymnal and initiated the mass migrations that culminated in the establishment of the mighty nation of Israel.
In her brief thirty-eight years of life, she found a cause for her existence and applied herself with such dedication that she made her life a significant stepping stone in the advancement of mankind’s humanity to man.
The Lady Behind the Light is historical fiction.