19.07.2011 17.Tammus, 5771 Fasttag im Tammus
In 1921, Isaac Ochberg heroically rescued 200 Jewish children from Eastern Europe – in the midst of a raging civil war.
One of the most momentous achievements in the annals of the South African Jewish community is the rescue of 200 Russian orphans in 1921.
It was a time when civil war was raging between the communist and white armies in Russia; Poland and Lithuania were chaotic, and Germany was in a shambles.
Most of South Africa’s Jews had come from the areas where this fighting was the heaviest – Poland, Galicia, Lithuania, Belarus and the Ukraine. They had left behind their parents, brothers, sisters and friends, and they looked on aghast at the terrible losses being inflicted on the civilian populations.
Thousands of Jews had died or been dispersed in World War I as the battles raged on….