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Holocaust era heroine, Irena Sendler, dies Print

Irena Sendler, a Polish catholic, is a true heroine who saved the lives of 2,500 Jewish children during the Holocaust, died on 12 May 2008 at the age of 98. Sendler smuggled thousands of Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto between October 1940 and April 1943.

Along with a team of about twenty volunteers she was able to rescue the children by carrying them out in suitcases, boxes, body bags, tool boxes and coffi ns. She gave them new identities and placed them with adoptive parents.

Clinton & Obama both have the Jewish vote Print

A recent Gallop poll shows that Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are virtually matched in a race for Jewish support. According to the recent poll, 48% of the Jewish Democratic voters favour Clinton to Obama’s 43%.

According to the poll, Clinton would win 66 percent of the Jewish vote to 27 percent for John McCain, in the general election, and Obama would win 61 percent to McCain’s 32 percent.

Bahrain names Jewish woman as envoy to US Print

Houda Nonoo, a Jewish woman, was recently named as the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Bahrain to Washington, D.C, making her likely the first Jewish envoy from an Arab nation.

Ms. Nonoo was quoted by the Associated Press as saying that she was proud of this appointment, “first of all as a Bahraini.”

Torah dedication on the high seas Print

A moving torah dedication ceremony was recently held in an unlikely location, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. The ceremony was held in the mimitz-class carrier’s hangar bay.

The Torah was one of the few scrolls from Lithuania to survive the Holocaust. Technically it is on-loan to the USS Truman by the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater for forty-one years or the life of the ship. It is estimated that less than 5 percent of Lithuania’s Jewish population survived the Holocaust.

Portugal pays tribute to Aristides Sousa Mendes Holocaust hero Print

The Portuguese Government paid late tribute to a diplomat who saved thousands of Jews. Aristides Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese Consul General in Bordeau, issued transit visas to over 10,000 Jews and 20,000 other refugees against the wishes of the Portuguese government in 1940.

Sousa Mendes was recalled and stripped of his position and pension. He also was forbidden from practicing law. Sousa Mendes stated, “I would rather be with God against man than with man against God.”

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