Early Tuesday morning, June 16th, Ben Bach drove us to meet our parents’ attorney, Manny Bloch, in Manhattan. From there Manny took us to Sing Sing prison, 30 miles to the north, for what would become our last visit with our parents.
On Wednesday morning, June 17th, Justice Douglas announced he was staying the executions and left for vacation. He did not rule on the merits of the new lawyers’ claim, but rather said that the petition must be considered by the District Court and then the Court of Appeals. This would add months, if not years, to my parents’ lives.
We Are Your Sons, the book my brother and I published in 1975, was translated into several languages, including Turkish. Last year the woman who did that translation contacted me again and asked my brother and me to update the manuscript so they could publish a new edition. We agreed, and so Turkey is now the only country in the world where you can purchase an updated version of We Are Your Sons.