for Recognition of Major Jewish Rescuers during the Shoah
POB 23718 Jerusalem 91236
International Rescuer Day 2008
Event Theme: "Remembering the Past, Shaping the Future"
In Memory of Professor David Kranzler z"l
January 17, 2008 at 7:30PM
Israel Center, Rechov Keren Hayesod 22 - Jerusalem
In cooperation with the Root and Branch Association, Ltd. and the Israel Center
Opening Remarks: Aryeh Gallin (Root & Branch)
Master of Ceremonies: Reuven Kosover (Root & Branch)
Ari Kahn - Senior Lecturer Jewish Studies and Director of Foreign
Program, Bar Ilan University
Vice President, Migdal Ohr Institutions
Dr. Becky Kook - JWG and Ben Gurion University
David Ben Reuven – JWG, performing some of his songs about rescuers
NOTE: Talk by Dr. Robert Rozett, Director of Yad Vashem Library, cancelled due to injury
Participation by some members of the diplomatic corps
Works by artists:
As in past years International Rescuer Day 2008 events are held in Jerusalem and internationally in USA , Hungary and China.
January 17th was chosen for
International Rescuer Day
in honor of
who was abducted by the Soviet Union on January 17, 1945.
This is an annual international event to also remember and honor other Holocaust era rescuers, Gentiles and Jews, who are important authentic role models and to assure that important lessons are learned and applied to current challenges.
The event’s purpose is to:
1) REMEMBER those who did so much to try to rescue us during the Holocaust
2) LEARN important lessons from the positive deeds of our rescuers and also from tragic failures of important rescue opportunities
3) TEACH by the major rescuers' example the great potential of non-egocentric individualism, which characterized many of the rescuers
4) INTROSPECT about what we have to do to address today's burning problems
5) ACT on the above
The event provides an opportunity to recall that a few exceptionally dedicated, brave and creative individuals were able to snatch large numbers of Jews out of the hands of determined murderers.
So far Jewish rescuers did not receive appropriate recognition by Israel, major Holocaust Centers and the Jewish community. This must change without further delay!
Jerusalem Working Group
POB 23718 Jerusalem 912136 – firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: (054) 726-7681
ARTWORK AT THE EVENT EXHIBIT
Calligraphic art created for
International Rescuer Day 2006 by Elyakim Bruck
(052) 256-8985 in Israel
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image and explanation
Paintings created for International Rescuer Day 2006
The Jerusalem Working Group White Paper provides additional historic background
Contact: Hanalisa Omer
Rechov HaNerd 32a, Jerusalem 96626
Tel: (02) 643-2120 and (052) 305-6505 in Israel