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Congregation Or Shalom Hosts 12th Annual Kristallnacht Community Commemoration

In the fall of 1944, as Nazi Germany was carrying out its horrific “Final Solution”, an attorney in the Treasury Department, named Josiah DuBois, slipped into the State Department files and made a startling discovery.  What he learned confirmed his worst fears and drove him to feverishly write a report to President Franklin D. Roosevelt entitled, “The Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews.”  DuBois then approached his boss, Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, with the words: “…Tell the President that if he doesn’t act on this I’m going to resign and release it to the press!”  DuBois’ urgent report moved President Roosevelt to take personal responsibility for reaching out to the living victims of Nazi persecution.  Indeed, upon reading it, the President immediately created a special task force whose mission included “…taking all measures to rescue the victims of enemy oppression who are in imminent danger of death.”  President Roosevelt called his new task force, “The War Refugee Board”.  Although it was formed heartbreakingly late in WWII, Roosevelt’s War Refugee Board succeeded in alleviating the plight of over a hundred thousand Holocaust victims.  Raul Wallenberg, for example, who was commissioned by the War Refugee Board, managed to rescue thousands of Hungarian Jews from the clutches of the Nazi regime.

What was the information in DuBois’ report that jolted President Roosevelt to make his life-saving decision?  Could the President have done more to reach out to the victims of Nazism? Come, learn and discuss!  On Sunday morning November 18, 2018, 9 AM, Congregation Or Shalom, 205 Old Grassy Hill Road, Orange will honor the conscience and courage of Josiah DuBois at its 12th Annual Kristallnacht Community Commemoration.

The highlight of the morning’s program will take place when Mr. Robert DuBois, on behalf of his late father Josiah, receives a U.S. Senate commendation from Senator Richard Blumenthal.  Guest speakers will include:  Dr. Rebecca Erbelding, author of the new and acclaimed book “Rescue Board”; Christy Marrella and her 8th grade students, creator of the award-winning video, “An American Holocaust Hero”; and Holocaust survivors and their families, rescued by the War Refugee Board.

All are welcome.  Free and open to the public.  This program is made possible by a generous donation from the Men’s Club Yellow Candle Fund.  Please join us for this exciting community event!

For more information:  203-799-2341, Email: info@orshalomct.org, website: orshalomct.org.

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