March 29, 2010, - 1:40 pm
In the past, I told you about Dr. John Withers, a Black U.S. soldier in World War II, who risked his future, to defy orders and save a Holocaust survivor, Martin Weigen, from death in Dachau. The survivor later immigrated to America, and they met again here, later in their lives.
Holocaust Survivor Sandor Adler w/ Otto Orwig, the US Soldier Who Saved Him
On Sunday, another such meeting occurred when Holocaust survivor Sandor Adler and his extended family–all of whom would not be here but for their liberation by American soldiers (and G-d’s grace)–thanked Otto Orwig and his family. And the touching occasion is captured on video, below. Orwig was one of the brave American servicemen in the Eleventh Armored Division who saved Adler, then a 15-year-old. The meeting was set up by the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan, which was founded by my cousin, the late Rabbi Charles Rosenzveig. It’s yet another beautiful story of the greatness of America and our fighting soldiers.
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