Resolution J2987-2013

Honoring the memory of Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl for his efforts in the United States to save the European Jewish populace during World War II

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  • Jan 23, 2014: ADOPTED
  • Jan 23, 2014: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jan 21, 2014: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  honoring the memory of Rabbi Michoel Ber Weiss-
mandl for his efforts in the United States to save the  European  Jewish
populace during World War II

WHEREAS,  From  time to time this Legislative Body takes note of certain
extraordinary individuals of remarkable courage and strength of  charac-
ter  who risked their own lives for others, and stood with fortitude for
freedom and humanity; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to  pay  tribute  to
the  memory of individuals of remarkable courage and strength of charac-
ter, whose purposeful lives embodied the spirit of the  principles  upon
which  this  Nation  was  founded,  and  who  made their life's work the
support and furtherance of those principles; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concerns, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor  the
memory  of Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in the United States to save the
European Jewish populace during World War II; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl was  instrumental  in  providing
the  United  States  with  situational  awareness of the Jews in Europe,
specifically regarding Auschwitz, the largest and most notorious of  the
Nazi  concentration camp networks, which ultimately led to a halt to the
deportations of the remaining Hungarian Jewry; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl's daring  efforts  to  save  the
Jews of Slovakia from extermination at the hands of the Nazis during the
Holocaust  included  helping to establish the "Working Group," an under-
ground organization which raised funds to negotiate ransom  with  German
and Slovakian officials in order to delay mass deportations and, via the
famous Europa Plan, to secure the release of Jews; and
  WHEREAS, Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl was also able to smuggle letters
and  telegrams  to  leaders  with abilities he hoped would help save the
Jews of  Europe,  including  President  Franklin  Delano  Roosevelt  and
Winston  Churchill and alerting them to the progressive Nazi destruction
of European Jewry; in addition, he provided actionable intel in terms of
where the railroads and crematoriums should be bombed; and
  WHEREAS, The courage, wisdom and tenacity of this determined man  laid
the  groundwork  for  several  rescue  missions,  including the Mantello
Mission, and the Wallenberg Mission, which freed tens  of  thousands  of
Hungarian Jews; and
  WHEREAS,  Rabbi  Michoel  Ber  Weissmandl's  combined actions, by some
accounts, has amounted to being responsible for as many as two-thirds of
the Holocaust survivors living in Brooklyn; and
  WHEREAS, Today, more than 55 years after his death,  the  bravery  and
willingness  of  Rabbi  Michoel Ber Weissmandl to fight for the lives of
his fellow human beings, and to secure  the  very  existence  of  future
generations  of European Jews, continues to inspire, and is deserving of
the highest honor by all defenders of freedom; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is pleased to have this opportunity  to
express  its  highest  admiration for Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl; now,
therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause  in  its  deliberations  to
honor the memory of Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in the United States to
save the European Jewish populace during World War II.

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