Today’s Post – November 29, 2010

November 29, 2010 at 8:40 am Leave a comment

Tikkun Olam Awards

  1. 7th Tikkun Olam Award (Eleanor Miller)

  2. 6th Tikkun Olam Award (USHMM)

  3. 5th Tikkun Olam Award (Misha Mitsel) 

Haiti Now

  1. Canadian TV News: Recruiting doctors for Haiti cholera crisis not easy

  2. CNN: Cuba to send medical reinforcements to Haiti

  3. Jerusalem Post: Israeli clinic in Haiti made cholera treatment facility

  4. E-mail from Senator Barbara Boxer  

Israel Today

  1. AFP: German president on official visit to Israel


  1. The End of One World and the Beginning of Another

Mohr/Midas Photo Gallery


(l to r) Bill’s maternal grandparents Lothar & Sophie, Harriet & Bill, Bill’s Mother Auguste 
 (l to r) Harriet’s mother Jean, Harriet & Bill, Bill’s parents Auguste & Ernest

 The Diamond and Running Scared

When we began this deeply meaningful and satisfying project, I did not make any connection to the diamond in my engagement ring, a gift from Bill’s maternal grandmother Sophie Midas. In the late 30’s, she risked smuggling it out of Germany inside her bra, as she fled to Portugal for safety. She told the members of her family that someday she would give it to her grandson “Billy’s” fiancé.

No one could have imagined that if we fast forwarded, almost 50 years, I would be passionately committed to revealing her family’s story, on a blog, entitled the HAITI JEWISH REFUGEE LEGACY PROJECT.

The ring, smuggled out of Germany during the Shoah, strangely foreshadowed the work I am doing today.

Harriet Mohr
November 27, 2010



Elsbeth Midas Gerst, Sophie’s youngest daughter prior to capture and being transported to Auschwitz concentration camp.

Sophie Midas in pre-war Germany                                   

The Atrocious Threat

These silver candlesticks accompanied Bill’s grandmother Sophie Midas, as she escaped from Germany to Portugal and eventually, were used regularly in her New York apartment.

 As she lit them every Shabbat, her hopes and prayers were that her youngest daughter Elsbeth would survive Auschwitz and other concentration camps. During years of unimaginable hardship and uncertainty, this ritual was an important part of meeting her deep spiritual and emotional needs. Her daily life was filled with the chilling reality and tremendous pain of worrying about what Elsbeth must be going through . Thankfully, she survived and sailed from Sweden on the S.S. Gripsholm, arriving in New York on December 2, 1946.



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Reminder – 12/5 CBS Religion Special: Haiti: Religion’s Response to Disaster New Europe-Wide Project to Connect Holocaust Archives

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