In a life there are days of distinction; days of exceptional moment; and days of revelation. For me, one of those days was April 27, 2016. On the evening of the 27th, Dora Goldberg was present at Calvary UMC to tell the gathered assembly in our sanctuary how she and her brother, Harry, survived World War II being hunted by the Nazis in Paris. Dora was only eight years old; Harry was three. They didn't do it alone. There was help from many quarters. Some provided food; others hiding places; many lied about who these two children were. Toward the end Dora and Harry, now 13 and eight, lived hidden in a town on the outskirts of Paris. With the war over, they were found and freed and safe. An entire town kept their secret hidden. An entire town kept them alive. Seventy-five years later they live to tell of their survival. Four years ago we were present to hear of their ordeal. A couple of years later, Dora was interviewed by a film crew from St. Mary's of Notre Dame and that conversation is now archived with the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. She and Harry will have their story of survival told and re-told for generations to come. On that night four years ago, in Calvary's sanctuary, we listened and were enthralled and privileged to have Dora Goldberg bear witness to a horror no human should be forced to endure and to the courage of many who dared to risk all to protect, hide, and save two children. As you come to remember the 75th anniversary of VE Day (May 8th) and the end of World War II, remember Dora and Harry and The Six Million.
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