A REAL SIM­CHAH

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMENT&ANALYSIS -

I re­fer to your “Sim­chah of the Week” sec­tion, which de­scribes wed­dings and bar­mitz­vahs.

I was in­ter­ested to hear from a boy in the US who, as part of a “mitz­vah project” be­fore his bar­mitz­vah, con­tacted Yad Vashem and fo­cused on a young per­son who per­ished in the Shoah.

About 10 years ago, I com­pleted 20 forms for Yad Vashem, giv­ing de­tails of mem­bers of my fam­ily who per­ished and also of some school friends who per­ished. The young Amer­i­can chap saw that the form for Stanis­law Of­fen, who per­ished, was com­pleted and signed by me. He man­aged to track me down and spoke to me on the phone from the US.

Now, that’s what I call a wor­thy deed — to re­call a young man who per­ished in the Shoah. Ron Lea­son Aber­corn Place, Lon­don NW8

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