Plenary Address

  • Rabbi Lau


The first group of immigrants to Eretz Israel before the establishment of the State, when the British mandate ruled over Palestine yet, the first new Olim after the Holocaust, officially with certificates, was a group of about 200 orphans, survivors of Bergen-Belsen and a very few like me from Buchenwald. We were in a sanatorium near Paris, all the orphans of Bergen-Belsen and Buchenwald, and the mother of that home was a survivor from Lodz in Poland with French citizenship, the late Mrs Rachel Mins. That sanatorium was kept by all kinds of supporters, sponsors. She came to us at lunchtime, asking us that at 4 o’clock in the afternoon we would all be gathered on the grass outside next to the dining room because we would welcome very important visitors — the mayor of that city, the commander of the army, of the bases nearby, and some other dignitaries.


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