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A TIME TO TIME NEWSLETTER OF THE JOHN WEIDNER FOUNDATION
Dedicated to the promotion of Altruism and Moral Courage and standing as another witness to the reality of the Holocaust
1st Edition AUGUST 1, 2012
Frank Mazzaglia, Editor in Chief,
Kevin O’Rourke, Managing Editor
Friends of the John Weidner Foundation celebrated recovering documents and memorabilia from the shuttered Atlantic Union College in Lancaster, Mass. John Weidner had donated the collection to the college with the restriction that it must always be available to scholars. The Trustees of the Foundation are now making a determination as to the best possible future location to house the collection in keeping with John Weidner’s wishes.
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL CONSIDERS OPENING A CHAPTER
The Office of Student Affairs at the University of Massachusetts is considering a petition by some twenty students to establish an on-campus John Weidner Chapter. A decision by University authorities is expected before the beginning of the Fall semester.
Synagogues to hear “The John Weidner” Story
The Brotherhood of Temple Beth Am in Framingham, Mass. heard a breakfast meeting presentation of The John Weidner Story by Dr. Kurt Ganter and Dr. Frank Mazzaglia.
The program was arranged by the Metro West Jewish War Veterans which is now scheduling the presentation at other synagogues and organizations throughout New England.
Each edition of The Weidner Report will feature at least one of the many Rescuers who exhibited Moral Courage during the dark days of the holocaust. Excerpts are taken from “The Righteous: Unsung Heroes of the Holocaust” by Martin Gilbert.
On the battlefields of Europe and North Africa, Italy was Germany’s military ally. Italian soldiers fought alongside the Germans on the Eastern Front and were part of the occupation forces in Poland. There, to the fury of the Germans, Jews in both Lvov and Brody had acquired arms from Italian troops stationed in the town. To the distress of German occupation forces in the east, the Italians seemed to lack entirely any hatred for the Jews; for their part, Italians called anti-Semitism ‘the German disease’.
On 13 December 1942 Josef Goebels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, wrote in his diary: ‘The Italians are extremely lax in the treatment of the Jews. They protect the Italian Jews both in Tunis and in
occupied France and will not permit their being drafted for work or compelled to wear the Star of David…The Jewish question is causing us a lot of trouble. Even among our allies, the Jews have friends to help them’.”
In Assisi, the birthplace of St. Francis, two clergymen saved the lives of 300 Jews. The first was the Senior clergyman in the city Bishop Nicolini; the second was the Abbot of the Franciscan monastery, Father Rufino Niccaci. At the Bishop’s request, Father Niccaci took care of the Jews, provided many of them with false identity papers, and, on one occasion when German searches came too close, helped them escape disguised as monks. Such was his devotion to the well-being of the refugees that at one point Assisi could boast ‘the only convent in the world with a kosher kitchen’.”
Friends of the John Weidner Foundation should feel free to submit the names of people and of organizations interested in receiving The Weidner Report to WeidnerFoundation @aol.com