Julie Wiener |
Associate Editor |
He died serving in a conflict few Americans now remember. And for years, his damaged tombstone was hidden under a thick forest of weeds in a long-neglected Jewish cemetery in Queens, his bronze Marine plaque stolen by vandals.
Seventy-five years ago Kurt Stern was among some 10,000 youngsters who came alone to England, from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, as part of the Kindertransport rescue mission that brought the children, mostly Jews, to homes of families, mostly non-Jews, in the United Kingdom.
Studying at yeshivas in Israel in 2011 during their gap year before they started college, Alex Goldberg and Aharon Watson, graduates of Yeshiva University’s Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, learned about United Hatzalah, an independent, neighborhood-based volunteer emergency medical service that supplements the work of the country’s established Magen David Adom ambulance and blood bank service.