Posing as a member of the Gestapo, Kew Gardens resident Fred Friedman rescued several dozen Jews in wartime and post-war Hungary.
Slovakian-born Holocaust survivor Fred Friedman, who has lived in the same corner house in the Kew Gardens neighborhood of Queens for 46 years, will turn 90 on Monday, a few days before Yom HaShoah. And if this landmark birthday is like past ones, the mazel tov calls Friedman receives will include a special group of well-wishers: fellow survivors who were saved by Friedman from the Nazi genocide.
How an ordinary Polish farmer labored extraordinarily to save a dozen Jews. And how a Brooklyn woman spent decades lobbying for his Righteous Gentile honor.
Sometime in the summer of 1942, as the Nazi noose tightened around the Jews of Poland, Stanislaw Grocholski, a poor farmer who lived in a small village in the southeast part of the country, heard a disturbing rumor — some members of a Jewish family in the region, an old friend among them, had been spotted in one of the nearby fields.
Grocholski, a church-going Catholic, knew what the rumor meant — the Jews had escaped from their nearby town, Urzejowice, on the eve of a “resettlement” order and were hiding to save their lives.
Wartime leader of Ukrainian church sheltered many Jews, but decades-long campaign has not brought Yad Vashem’s highest honor.
In the late summer of 1942, 7-year-old Leon Chameides accompanied his father on an hour-long truck ride. As the Nazis tightened their grip over the Ukraine, the two journeyed from a village in the western part of the country where the Chameides family, Jews from Poland, had found refuge with relatives, to Lvov, the major city in that region. After stepping down from the truck, father and son walked to a towering building on Mount Jur, in the center of the city, where they knocked on the door of Ukraine’s Greek Catholic Church headquarters.
Massacre at Toulouse Jewish school results in call for vigilance as NYPD steps up visibility.
Adam Dickter and JTA
Yet another warning for local Jewish organizations to increase their vigilance due to events overseas went out this week, as the gruesome murder of four French Jews, three of them children, sent shockwaves around the world.
The New York Police Department had a visible presence outside major institutions such as large Manhattan synagogues, prompting some other organizations to demand the same level of protection.
(JTA) -- Police in New Delhi arrested a suspect in connection with a car bomb attack in the Indian city that injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat.
An Indian journalist, Syed Mohammed Kazmi, was arrested Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. A police investigation showed that he had been in contact with the man who police believe stuck a bomb on the car while riding by on a motorcycle and remains at large.
Police said Kazmi claims to work for an Iranian news agency and reportedly searched his house over two days, but they have not said what evidence was found.
Just a day after Monday’s inconclusive U.S.-Israeli summit meeting aimed at forging a unified stance on Iran, the Islamic republic decided to open for inspection a secret military site believed key to its nuclear weapons program and the world powers agreed to restart talks with Iran aimed at ending that disputed program.
But the actions appeared to do little to salve those who fear Iran is determined to develop a nuclear bomb at all costs.
(JTA) -- A pro-Palestinian group in Canada has called for a boycott against Sears because it carries Israeli products.
Canadians for Peace and Justice in the Middle East asked Sears last month to drop its Israeli products, including Ahava cosmetics and Keter Plastic, the Canadian Jewish News reported.
The group said in a letter to then-Sears president and CEO Dene L. Rogers that many of the firms’ “products are sourced and manufactured in illegal colonies located in the occupied Palestinian territories,” the newspaper reported.
(JTA) -- The wife of an assassinated Iranian nuclear scientist said that her husband’s “ultimate goal was the annihilation of Israel.”
Fatemeh Bolouri Kashani, the wife of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, told the Fars News Agency in an interview published Tuesday that her husband was highly supportive of individuals that fought for the rights of the Palestinians against Israel.
Roshan, a chemistry professor and deputy director of commerce at Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility, was killed by a car bomb in early January.