Words for a mime

The Jerusalem Post - - Comment & Features -

Sir, – Re “Leg­endary mime Mar­cel Marceau dies” (Septem­ber 24): He was born Mar­cel Man­gel in Stras­bourg, France, on March 22, 1923. I re­mem­ber my mother, Reb­bet­zen An­toinette Feuerwerke­r, who had lived in Stras­bourg, men­tion­ing many times that she knew him as a young­ster, and his fa­ther, who was a kosher butcher.

Dur­ing WWII he took refuge in Dor­dogne, and be­came ac­tive in the French Re­sis­tance; his fa­ther didn’t re­turn from Auschwitz. He saved the lives of many Jewish chil­dren. His up­bring­ing and the Shoah shaped his view of life.

He chose to ex­press his views in si­lence. But he made him­self un­der­stood wher­ever he went. If he be­came part of the uni­ver­sal pat­ri­mony, he never for­got his ori­gins. He touched hearts and minds. No won­der his loss is felt around the world. But a Kad­dish can­not be silent.

ELIE FEUERWERKE­R High­land Park, New Jer­sey

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