Given the damage that Bernie Madoff caused in the Jewish world, the available
reaction to his death was something other than suggestions that his memory be for a blessing. The more florid responses — in Yiddish and English — cannot be published in these pages.

Madoff, who was Jewish, died April 14, two weeks short of his 83rd birthday, in the prison hospital at the federal penitentiary in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a 150-year sentence.

Randi Cohn of Atlanta, who was among Madoff’s local Jewish victims, said, “It was overdue” when asked for reaction to his death. Cohn was able to recover
what she had invested, but her late mother’s retirement account was lost. “It was
a long time ago. I try not to think about him,” she said.

In a Ponzi scheme Madoff, operating through his firm…

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