April Post including Video-Wiesel Speech

March 30, 2011 at 11:46 am Leave a comment

Dear Friends,  

On this special April post we are celebrating the birthday of the blog, which will be one year old tomorrow. The past year has been a surprising and extraordinary inner and outer journey as we integrated so much that was new and then enjoyed the immense privilege of sharing with our blog readers. During the next year, our blog format will be a quarterly newsletter, beginning with this Spring Issue and then look for Summer, Fall and Winter copies. In between, these quarterly issues we will periodically send out additional posts.  

This spring, during the Washington, DC Museum’s annual Days of Remembrance commemoration, Elie Wiesel will be presented with the inaugural United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award. Eighteen years ago, at the Museum’s dedication ceremony, Elie shared his vision of the past, present and future in the context of the meaning of the Holocaust. CLICK HERE to read more about the award and hear and see his incredibly moving and unforgettable speech. 

 See articles related to the horrifying bombing incident in Jerusalem. We hope and pray nothing like this will happen again. 

Next see a transcript of an oral history by Bill’s mother, Auguste Mohr, as she responds to Bill’s now deceased sister Ruth’s questions. In this testimony, she shares her first-hand experience of preparing to leave Germany and in Haiti. We think you will find her thoughts helpful in adding to your own understanding of the time in Germany and the refugee experience in Haiti. She never could have dreamt her words would appear on a blog distributed worldwide and be read by untold numbers of people. We continue to marvel at her courage and resilience. 

We are very pleased to have a new Haiti child survivor come on board our project. Her name is Ruth Hamburger Hirsch. Ruth arrived in Port-au-Prince in 1939 from Germany and remained until 1946. She lived on Rue Trois in Port-au-Prince with her mother and father, grandmother and uncle. She was two years old when they arrived in Haiti and left when she was nine. She went to the American School. The family fled from Berlin to Port-au-Prince and came to the U.S. via Miami to N.Y. and then to Vineland, NJ.
 CLICK HERE to learn a remarkable story about what can be accomplished by a kind, generous and dedicated heart that responded to the needs of Haiti’s children. 

CLICK HERE to listen to a young man singing “Where is the Village?” (Vi iz dus geseleh?) a well known Yiddish song about the horrors of the Holocaust, The first half of the song is sung in Yiddish, and the second half of the song in English. The audio track is accompanied by a VIDEO OF MARC CHAGALL’S PAINTINGS.  

Children are the most vulnerable victims of war and genocide. Between 1933 and 1945, millions of children were displaced as a result of persecution by the Nazis and their collaborators. After World War II, relief agencies photographed some of the children who survived to help find their families. Now, more than 65 years later, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is working to discover what became of these young survivors. On a personal level, we were deeply touched by the stirring images of the children who suffered unimaginable degradation and pain as they endured the evil of Nazism. We hope someone reading our blog will be able to help the museum in their search. 

On January 12, 2010, the earthquake that devastated Haiti left George, a professional dancer, with an amputated leg, and severe injuries in his remaining one. Now it seemed that his career was over and that his life would never be the same. But then George met with the Israeli experts operating a rehabilitation project in post-quake Haiti.. Click Here to Watch 28-year-old George one year later, following his intensive treatment in Israel and Haiti. 

CLICK HERE to see a memorable photo taken at the 1997 celebration of a classroom at Haifa University, dedicated to Bill’s Aunt Elizabeth Weilheimer by her husband Harry. Shown (l to r) are Michael Frank, a now deceased Israeli cousin on the Midas side, our daughter Tara and Uncle Harry. Harry, now deceased, was on the university’s Board of Governors. 

To our readers, as always you have our gratitude for your enthusiastic interest and support. Doing this work has been one of our greatest blessings. 

Wishing you all the best, 

Harriet and Bill


Israel Today

  1. NY Times: Jerusalem Blast Raises Fears of Growing Violence 

  2. Jerusalem Post: Woman killed, dozens hurt in Jerusalem bombing 

  3. An Israeli-Haitian Miracle!  “Back on the Floor” Submitted by Eva  and Anita

  4. A Memorable Family Photo

Haiti Now

  1. Bill’s Mother Auguste Mohr’s Oral History on Germany and Haiti 

  2. Washington Post: The generosity of Wings Over Haiti, Submitted by Harry

  3. New Shoah Child Survivor of Haiti


  1. In memory of the victims of the Holocaust: Where is the Village? (Vi iz dus geseleh?), Submitted by Rosanne

  2. Elie Wiesel to be presented with the inaugural United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Award

  3. USHMM: Remember the Children of World War II and the Holocaust

  4. SWC Newsletter: Solidarity with Embattled Communities Worldwide, Fighting anti-Israel Bias at the UN & Protesting Neo-Nazi Marches


Poems by Harriet  

Biographical Sketches


Comment on April Post from Beri and Frank Harris:  

Congratulations to both of you on this extraordinary succesful year-dedicated to the country and the people of Haiti,who saved your  life Bill and the lives of so many others.You have literally brought this story to hundredth if not thousandth of people around the world and have given all of us a lesson of caring and giving.Thanks for being YOU. With love from Beri and Frank”


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Mid-March Post + Japan Request for Help in Finding Children of World War II

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