"Hitler’s promise to destroy the Jews of Europe was met with lethargy around the world. When President Roosevelt called for a world conference to be held in Evian, France, to address the persecution, lofty speeches were made by the delegates who accomplished little and went home in silence. Once again, this "silent consent" gave Hitler an immense propaganda victory at a time when a strong international voice might have slowed his hand. One great voice did cry out: Winston Churchill named Hitler as a threat not only to the Jews but to world civilization.  And for his trouble, was labeled a warmonger. After 1940, when the war was in full swing and solid evidence existed that he was carrying out his promise, little was done to rescue the Jews of Europe.

Though no one with power enough to rouse the world’s outrage came to the rescue, individual acts of courage and moral conviction occurred among countless non-Jews. These “Righteous Christians” whose hearts fathomed the truth resisted by doing everything they could. Among them were friends mother was blessed with from childhood, three Berlin girls who vowed, after she left, to do all they could for her family. Their clandestine acts brought my mother’s family the food and other necessities the Germans no longer allowed to the Jews. These women wore long coats, pockets stuffed with food, and each time they left, my grandfather filled their pockets and linings with documents, diaries, photograph albums, and Judaica, a whole archive of Jewish family life in 19th and 20th century Germany, to return to my mother at war’s end. The girls knew their fate if caught by the Gestapo but came twice a week from May, 1939, until October, 1942, when they found the door wide open and my grandparents taken to their fate.

Years later, when I asked one of them how they got away with it in Nazi Berlin, she replied that she still cringed each time she thought of the sheer luck that saved them from suffering a fate as dire as the Jews. The treasure trove of family memories that they rescued today resides here in this very place, The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust."