At the end of 1940 Hitler’s Germany seemed unstoppable as it cruelly ruled over Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and most crucially, France. Only England, led by the greatest man of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, stood bravely against the Nazi onslaught.
World War II
On June 6, 1944, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in northern France. Their goal: to liberate Western Europe from Nazi tyranny. From a distance, it might seem that victory was pre-ordained, but no one felt that way at the time. British military historian Peter Caddick-Adams tells the incredible story of what happened on that monumental day.
My father, Rabbi Chaplain Abraham Avrech, z’l, passed away on March 15, 2014, which the Jewish calendar translates into the 13th of Adar. Thus, last night — Jewish holidays begin after sundown — commenced the fifth Yahrzeit, memorial, without my father’s physical presence in this world. My father was 94 years old when he died.
He is gone, but he is certainly not forgotten.
I ponder the astonishing trajectory of my father’s life. Born in a tiny impoverished Polish town, my father and his family emigrated to America where they found the liberty to live as Jews and Americans.
He is gone, but like all veteran’s certainly not forgotten.
Take a moment to ponder the enormous sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes and their families.