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Manfred’s Appeal: A Holocaust Refugee Rides for Vulnerable Children
Eighty-one year old Holocaust survivor Manfred Lindenbaum wants to use his experience to get people talking about – and ultimately caring about – refugees today.
“When we stand by and listen as others are put down, we start to become part of the problem. When we speak out against hatred, we become part of the solution,” Manfred says.
Manfred and his brother left Poland on the Kindertransport, the last children’s rescue mission to England. Their 14-year-old sister Ruth was slated to get on the next boat, but was left behind and murdered at an extermination camp with their parents. Her memory inspires him to help children who are persecuted today.
In June, Manfred is returning to Poland with his wife, seven of his 9 grandchildren and three of his adult children to retrace his journey, 200 miles of it by bicycle. He has partnered with HIAS to raise funds and to promote the protection of vulnerable children from Darfur living in refugee camps in Chad today.
"In 1938 my family and I were refugees. In Poland, refugee organizations helped us to get bread to eat and straw to sleep on. HIAS also enabled my Aunt and Uncle, who brought me to the United States, to escape France. They financed my brother’s five-month hospital stay when he arrived,” he adds. “And today HIAS continues to assist the most vulnerable. They are the only Jewish organization in Chad, assisting 130,000 refugee children in need.”
Make a Tribute Gift in honor of Manfred’s sister Ruth to support refugee children. [Be sure to include Ruth’s name in the tribute section so he knows he has made a difference to you.]
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