The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 19 November 2005 / 17 Heshvan 5766

Repaying a Debt

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll

Outstanding among the many outpourings of generous relief for the victims of the hurricane Katrina disaster was the anonymous gift made by a Holocaust survivor.

A 90-year old man walked into a U.S. diplomatic office, presented an envelope containing 1,000 Euros (about $1,240) and declared that he was contributing this to the U.S. for hurricane relief as a way of repaying his debt to the Americans for liberating him from a concentration camp.

"This is a selfless act by somebody who is repaying what was a deeply felt debt of gratitude to the Unites Sates," said State Department spokesman Sean McCormack. "This is a person who is not seeking any publicity for this act, which in the time we live makes it even more extraordinary."

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