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Allan Shneider brought this project to me and frankly, one of my first questions to him was what about Yad Vashem…we have all been to the garden of the righteous…and Alan told me the story about the law which was enacted and only covers non Jewish rescuers. Then I became more interested and I spoke to a former member of Knesset who is a child of a survivor

*YouTube:vBsHeR-oNtQ* Allan Shneider brought this project to me and frankly, one of my first questions to him was what about Yad Vashem…we have all been to the garden of the righteous…and Alan told me the story about the law which was enacted and only covers non Jewish rescuers. Then I became more interested and I spoke to a former member of Knesset who is a child of a survivor. I was told that every Jew was in distress, and that to elevate some over others would kind of demean those who did not have the means to save themselves, just a matter of sheep to the slaughter for those caught period. My relatives…the military marched in one day, rounded everybody up and that was basically it, you went to the truck and went to be shot. I didn’t quite get the Yad Vashem issue…but then I started to read some of these testimonies and truly there were some very heroic people, who were at risk of being killed immediately, you know some people were able to live another week, some another month, some people managed to live through the war, but they went out of their way not to the detriment of any other Jews, but to save other Jews. To do what they could to save other Jews. These are really terrific stories and I was deeply touched by the two events in Riverdale and Manhattan, and I have really come to a belief that this is a very valuable project and I think that in time, including Yad Vashem, everyone will agree….So I think that Abraham has a tremendous project here with the film and I am proud of the fact that Adam Shneider is participating in this effort as an organizer of the committee. Haim Roet who is a survivor that I knew from a past conference, we worked together some years ago, and I only discovered that his Son David was the Deputy Ambassador at the UN. An outstanding public servant, an outstanding diplomat at his right. So this is something that I think that we should be behind and support our own Alan Sneider and support Abraham who has been able to promote this effort. Just when you think you have heard every story, every possible twist on survival, every possible twist on the terrible barbaric acts that were carried out against our people, you keep learning, you see that there is something new every day. None of us living here now can imagine what it must have been like in such a difficult situation, life threatening all the time…we have many stories I am sure right in this room. So this is a really worthwhile project, I think it makes us feel good as Jews, to learn about these stories. It also makes us feel good to hear about the non Jews of course and so many important stories, but what this does is not only tells the stories but also perpetuates Holocaust remembrance. What we have now is that we are getting to the point where those who have tattoos on their arms are gonna be gone in less than ten years…there will be no one to say "I saw", no one to say "I experienced". Then the Holocaust deniers will have a field trip…so while we have some years left to talk to these people, we need to do everything we can, and Abraham I take my hat off to you and your team for doing this, it’s a Mitzva and a tremendous contribution to Holocaust remembrance and Kol Hakavod for all the good work.