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Slovak Settlers is a bilingual (English and Slovak) book that raises awareness of Slovakia’s emigration history. We're one of many proud partners and contributors to this project, please read more about the descendants of Slovaks settlers in the USA and Canada. The expected publication date is December 2022 - January 2023
Much gratitude to Beth Tfiloh School for the opportunity to connect students and staff to their roots as Jews, especially in this day & age is crucially important. Sharing my Saba’s deeds and how many people it took to bring Israel into being, some of whom we may never have known about, if not for the efforts documented and publishing in our book, is so very important.
‘The Undercover Wrestler’ reveals an unknown story of diplomat Zalman On, who used his brawn and brains to save European Jews — and befriended Frank Sinatra (in Hebrew)
2019 - The Baron's Honored to be part of the United Nations in NY Ceremony Exhibit about David Unreich
The Baron's at the opening exhibition at the United Nations in NY showcasing “David Unreich - the Champion who challenged Hitler” hosted by PermRep @MichalMlynar and organized by @SlovakiaUNNY . Honoured to meet his descendants.
2019 - The Story Behind ‘The Giant’
Harav Michoel Ber Weissmandl is one of the giants in the hatzalah efforts during the second World War. Mr. Weissmandl is remembered for his heroic efforts to save Jewish lives and both he and Gisi Fleischmann are connected to the Unreich family. --Hamodia
2017 - Survivors from Poalei Agudas Yisrael
At the time, the askanim of the Vaad Hatzolah were in France. They were headed by Reb Moshe Enright, hatzalah askan and one of the heads of Poalei Agudas Yisrael in America. Because money to purchase this property was not readily available, Mr. Enright paid the down payment out of his own pocket so that the contract could be signed. --Hamodia
Thanks Tzvi Ben-tzur, delighted palyam.org continues to preserve and educate with Haifa University stories of Aliya Bet heroes. We appreciate the Hebrew article about Zalman’s 1948 contributions for Israel’s independence.
2021 - Pikesville Author Chronicles his grandfather's Wartime Exploits in Semi-Fictional Thriller
Author David Baron: “What is a hero? A hero is someone who’s selfless, puts others first and is willing to save lives at risk to themselves. My grandfather was never adequately recognized for [his bravery].”
2020 - My grandfather’s papers by David Baron on RAF Museum Stories
Thank you, RAF Museum, for the opportunity to contribute and share a story about my grandfather. The Royal Air Force Museum launched RAF Stories as part of the their Centenary celebrations and commemorations project. And a special thanks to Jess, the Community Engagement Officer at the RAF Museum, for the support and assistance to contribute this story about my grandfather’s connection to the Royal Air Force. RAF Stories is a collection of stories from around the world about people and their history connected to the RAF.
2019 - Students in Westfield Hear Moving Testimony from Holocaust Survivor
It was 1942 in German-occupied Poland. Hundreds of thousands of Jewish people had been forced to leave their homes and live in the Warsaw Ghetto, enduring starvation and other deprivations. As rumors of mass deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps began to circulate among ghetto residents, Judy Reifer’s parents made a heart-wrenching, yet lifesaving, decision. Read more about Mrs. Reifer's recent compelling presentation to Edison 8th graders. -Westfield Public Schools
2019 - Holocaust survivors: The families who weren’t meant to live...
A group of Holocaust survivors and their families gather in Prague’s Old Town Square to recreate a photo that was taken in 1945, when the survivors had just been liberated from Nazi concentration camps. In Zalman's collection, we have a photo of Mr. Enright with rescued orphans at same location. --BBC World News
2017 - The Forgotten History of Slovakia
Slovak history is full of forgotten heroes. This is also David “Dufi” Unreich, later known as Ben Shalom. This wrestling champion challenged Adolf Hitler's leader of Nazi Germany. --Aktuality
2009 - Eli Cohen Files Part II: The Making of a Masterspy
2009 publication reflects Eli’s trial testimony included his memories of recruitment. “One day a man named Zalman came to see me. He told me that they had kept an eye on my work and found that I was suited to a more responsible task.” -Wesley Britton
1949 - Celebrating Israeli's Independence Day in Prague with Chef Edgar Krasa and Mr. Unreich
Mr. Krasa (a very close family friend and holocaust survivor) took a job as the chef at the Israeli Embassy in Prague with the help of Zalman. Both Mr. Krasa and his wife Hana, were assisted by Zalman to emigrate to Israel. -Zalman Collection