After enduring time in the army, and then surviving concentration camps, I found that I was the only member of my family to survive the Holocaust. With no one of my own left, I made my way to Canada. Here, I seemed to exist in a fog — half paralyzed by my struggle to survive, and by my constant loneliness.
Fortunately, I was encouraged to join the Wierzbnik Society,and this group of Landsleit provided me with friendship and social interaction. I was persuaded that good deeds were most important. Then, I was given a most exceptional job, to be part of the Chevra Kaddishah. To me, this was such holy work, so significant — ensuring the proper burial, with dignity and with respect for our laws and traditions. At last no more burnings, no more murders, no more unspeakable indignities that claimed the lives of 6 million of our people. And I was so pleased to participate in such a noble mitzvah.
Gradually, my life progressed, and became more focused, and more balanced. I also undertook additional jobs in the Society, and am most grateful for the encouragement of my mentor.
UJA became one of my important volunteer activities, and one that brought me much delight. For I quickly became aware that the more involved I became, the less vengeance consumed me. And what an opportunity, to help our Jewish homeland to be the best it can be. And for me, at last I was able to rebuild my life, and participated in so many “good things”,Simchas and friendships.
Because this involvement enriched my life in such a monumental way, I understand so well, the importance of ensuring ongoing funding. And the most direct way to achieve this is through the legacy program. Please support this very significant undertaking. You will, as I do, receive more than you give.
My wife, Margot, has encouraged and supported me over the years in everything I have done.