Jeannie Smith is the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut OpDyke, who passed away on May 18, 2003. Irene received international recognition for her actions during the Holocaust, while working for a high ranking German official.
Irene’s book, “In My Hands-memories of a Holocaust rescuer”, gives a detailed account of her life during WW11. Irene’s story became a Broadway play, “Irene’s Vow”, starring Tovah Feldshuh.
The Israeli Holocaust Commission named Irene one of the Righteous among the Nations. She was presented with the Israel Medal of Honor at Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. Irene’s story is part of a permanent exhibit in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.
Jeannie travels full time sharing her mother’s story with various groups across the United States, Canada and the UK. The story she shares, speaks to the horrors and hate of the Holocaust – but it also brings a message of faith, love and the hope that good can triumph over evil. It proclaims the conviction that one by one, we can say no to hatred, persecution and prejudice.
Jeannie is part of the Oregon & Washington Holocaust Speakers Bureau, a regular speaker for the Anti-Defamation League, and an honorary member of the North American Jewish Federation.
The story speaks of the power of love and encourages an undeniable truth: “One person can and does make a difference!”
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On Tuesday, April 25th, some 500 guests attended the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto’s 14th Book of Life celebration, held at Beth Tzedec Congregation. The event, which was a tremendous success under the leadership of Chair, Ruthie Ladovsky, saw 28 donors honoured for leaving their legacies, all of which, through the Jewish Foundation, will ensure a strong and vibrant Jewish community for future generations. Attendees were fascinated by Special Guest Prince Hermann Leiningen who shared his incredible personal story, as well as how his grandfather, King Boris III of Bulgaria, helped save 50,000 Jews during the Second World War.