"Hearing one person tell their story gave a completely different perspective to what happened, as it wasn't about statistics or about a nation as a whole, but one person who lost his family and home." ~O. Avery (student)

New Saloman and Strong Reunion DVD Presented to Classes

Chuck Feldman, Holocaust Awareness Museum president, visited two synagogues on successive days, December 1st and 2nd , to introduce the newly created DVD documentation of the Hans Salomon/Tracy Strong reunion between holocaust survivor and righteous savior sponsored by the museum in April 2008.

The DVD documents the emotional reunion that took place at Lafayette-Redeemer in Northeast Philadelphia. Salomon and Strong had met once before since World War II, in 2004 in France, where Strong was received as a hero. They had written and called each other for decades but because Strong lived in Idaho and Salomon lived in Philadelphia, it was difficult to meet.

Speaking to Hebrew School classes at Congregations Or Ami in Lafayette Hill, Pa. and Kol Emet in Yardley, Pa., Feldman praised the foresight of the museum’s founder Yaakov Riz and his determination to have the Holocaust Awareness Museum serve as a model for research and education.

Chuck told the more than 50 students in assembly that they were about to witness the story of one man who put his life on the line to save the lives of not just one man, but more than 75 young men, from potential annihilation.

At congregation Or Ami, the students had the additional privilege of being addressed by Rabbi Emeritus Sim Prystowski after the DVD screening. The Rabbi gave the students three challenging questions to think about and discuss.

  • What laid the groundwork for The Holocaust?
  • What would you do if you had to make the same decisions as the Jews in Europe to
    survive?
  • Where was G-d in this historical abyss?

Inspiring and insightful question and answer sessions concluded both presentations.