March 09, 2019

A Call for Help

Someone has just sent me this 74 year-old letter to Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld, of blessed memory, appealing for his help to bring my father to England after the war.

My late father was one of 3 brothers born in Pressburg (Bratislava) in what used to be Czechoslovakia. Two of his brothers Julius and Shmuel had escaped to England before the war. My father Simcha was the youngest, and was rounded up with his parents by the Nazis and sent to Auschwitz. His mother and father were murdered on arrival. 

My father survived and returned to his home town of Pressburg with nothing and no-one.

In this letter Shmuel appeals to Rabbi Schonfeld for help in bringing his 21 year-old sibling to safety in England.

I wanted to record this online as a testament to Dr Schonfeld's outstanding work in rescuing many thousands of our people from Nazi tyranny and to the kindness of the British people and government at that time in providing sanctuary and a new life to so many like my father.

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March 03, 2019

An open letter to Gidon Saar

Dear Gidon –
It’s been many years since we last met and you were doing such great work as Minister of Education, undoing the damage wrought by your Labour predecessor, Yuli Tamir in restoring the true Jewish narrative to school texts and curricula.
I congratulate you on your triumphant return to politics with such an impressive rank in the Likud primaries. And on a personal level, I am delighted to see a new Shomer Shabbat in the high ranks of our party.
One of the heroes of the American Revolution coined what became a famous line: “Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party”.
This open letter is appealing to you to do just that.
We all know about the unpleasantness between Bibi and you over that rumoured chicanery over the president’s possible choices for next coalition leader. I’m not taking sides on that; the rights and wrongs of that affair are hardly important now, less than 5 weeks from the most crucial Israeli election in recent times.
What is now vital is unity within Likud.
There is no question that Bibi has been seriously wounded by the ill-timed and partisan indictment announcement last week. Many will be whispering that this is a ‘Caesar and Brutus’ moment within the high ranks of Likud.
Such thoughts must be stopped in their tracks or they will destroy Likud and deliver Eretz Yisrael into the hands of the Left.
It is obvious that Bibi will soon wish to retire and it is equally clear that you are a strong frontrunner to succeed him as leader.
I ask you to burnish those credentials and make a clear and open demonstration of true party leadership.
Announce to the media that you stand 100% with Bibi as prime minister and leader of the Likud. Condemn, in the loudest terms, the disgraceful timing of the indictment and the unfair trial of a prime minister by the media and the incessant leakers. Uphold the supremacy of a man’s right to defend himself and the entitlement to a presumption of innocence before due process and trial.
In this way you will show yourself truly worthy of future leadership and gain enormous support from the grassroots of Likud members who are overwhelmingly sympathetic to Bibi.
Become their new champion in defending their man.
Tel Chai !
Zalmi Unsdorfer
Chairman – Likud-Herut UK

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