Baltimore Synagogue Honors One Thousand Children #general


Iris Posner
 

One Thousand Children, Inc. (OTC)
email: contact@...
www.onethousandchildren.org

First ever Public Recognition and Honoring of 1,000 People sent to U.S.
as Children to Escape Nazis

The non-profit organization One Thousand Children, Inc. (OTC) in
cooperation with Rabbi Elan Adler of the Moses Montefiore Hebrew
Congregation of Baltimore, Maryland, will be holding the first ever Yom
Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Program, to honor the approximately
1,000 people who were sent to U.S. foster families and other facilities
as children fleeing the Nazis in World War II. The Program will include
testimony >from OTC children as well as a musical presentation and candle
lighting ceremony.

OTC is a nonprofit tax exempt research and education organization
documenting the experiences of children, aged 1 to 16, who came to the
U.S. between 1934 and 1945 to escape Nazi persecution. Working with a
number of Holocaust-related and other organizations, OTC is:
Locating and communicating with as many of the surviving one
thousand as possible
Organizing a first reunion
Publishing memoirs and related educational information

Background: A handful of children were part of one of the most
triumphant and tragic stories of the twentieth century - the rescue and
placement in foster homes and in other facilities across America of
approximately 1,000 unaccompanied Jewish children while a generation of
1,500,000 children perished in the Holocaust. An operation, quietly
carried out because of fear that a backlash >from isolationist and
anti-Semitic forces could cause its demise, the "underground railroad"
spanned two continents and an ocean, was fueled by donations of ordinary
people and the work of hundreds of volunteers and ran for almost eleven
years. Yet, mention of it will not be found in American history books.
Holocaust museums and memorials do not celebrate the lives of these
children and the individuals and organizations who rescued them. There
are no movies about it. Its heroes are not heralded and its villains not
reproved. Few Americans know of it and only one scholar has studied and
written about the subject. Most of the 1,000 children themselves are
unaware they were part of an organized effort of private citizens
between 1934 and 1945 to bring to America as many Jewish children as
possible nor that this was accomplished in the face of powerful
economic, social, political, religious and governmental constraints that
had such a devastating outcome for the sixteen million people who
perished in the Holocaust. America's response to the calamity of the
Holocaust, especially as it relates to children, as well as the
experiences of these one thousand children and the people and
organizations who made their escape >from persecution possible, remains
to be told. It is an unknown story of courage, sacrifice and triumph.

Iris Posner

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