Orphans' 'Father' Honored
11/30/11
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Almost 75 years after he died on an ocean voyage, a South African philanthropist and humanitarian was honored last week in Johannesburg. A plaque in the memory of Isaac Ochberg was dedicated on the site of an orphanage where the Ukraine native helped find refuge for some 200 young Jews who lost their parents in his homeland and Poland during pogroms and World War II. Ochsberg, who came to South Africa as a teen and became a wealthy entrepreneur, visited orphanages in Ukraine to select the children and escort them to South Africa. Solly Jossel, above, the oldest surviving “Ochsberg Orphan,” unveils the plaque. The honor for Ochsberg was arranged by Jack Goldfarb, a Manhattan journalist and activist.

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I have just seen the program by Carte Blanch on the Ochsberg Orphans and believe that I knew Solly and Sylvia Jossel in the late 1950's when they were in Bulawayo in Zimbabwe.Solly Jossel was so kind and helpful to me,my father (Charles) and my entire family. I was a young boy of 17 at the time and would really be grateful to obtain an e-mail address where I could contact Solly and thank him for his kindness and caring nature and all of this DESPITE the hardships that most of us never have to endure.I admire you all for your strength and determination to over come all and any obstacles that threaten to block your way forward.

Hi Ken,
I am Solly's oldest grandson. I live in San Francisco with my wife and small son
We are heading to South Africa the second half of July to help Celebrate Solly's
100th birthday and he and my Grandmother Sylvia's 70th Anniversary.
Let me know how I can connect you.

Be well,

Laurence Jossel

Ken, have you been able to trace Solly Jossel. If not, I could give you a few contact emails for people who might be able to help.
Linda Press Wulf
lindapwulf@gmail.com (cousin of Berry (nee Grill) and Bertie Hammar, if you knew them? and author of "The Night of the BUrning" www.lindapresswulf.com

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