In answer to your request for some material about early memories,
I have written the following for you to use or throw away, as you
Judge Polier succeeded her mother, who had founded the Stephen
Wise Free Synagogue Child Adoption Committee when adoption was unknown
in Jewish life. Judge Polier recalled the other day going as a child
with her mother to visit the large congregate Hebrew Orphan Asylum.
There she was surrounded by small children who ran up to her saying,
“Will you be my Mummy,” and clinging to her. Then there
was a conference with the angry Director who said to her mother,
“I am glad my children are not here or you would try to kidnap
them too.” There were many nights, she recalled, when a homeless
child was brought home by her mother, and her father happily yielded
his bed and slept on a sofa.
Hon. Justine Wise Polier