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Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Elisabeth and Rabbi Arthur Schneier

Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Viktor Polgar
Rabbi Arthur Schneier and Viktor Polgar
Branko Radosevic, Andrey K. Yushmanov and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
Branko Radosevic, Andrey K. Yushmanov and Rabbi Arthur Schneier
CONSULATE OF HUNGARY
Cites Arthur Schneier
As Noble Survivor

R
ABBI ARTHUR SCHNEIER
of Park East Synagogue reached a milestone with his 80th birthday on March 30. Naturally that called for a party at the consulate of Hungary in New York.

The rabbi, a native of Vienna, survived the Holocaust as a 15-year-old refugee in Budapest when 600,000 Hungarian Jews perished.

"He could have come away from the Budapest ghetto hating not only the Nazis but the Germans, the Hungarians in generalómany of his survivors have," said Consul General Viktor Polgar.

"But he had come away with the conviction that in order to never allow such horrors to happen there is but one way: to educate, tell the story, impress the morals of history and eliminate the conditions that have created the monster."

Schneier revealed how he overcame the pain of his early years in the Shoah: "You go through life with pain but you donít get paralyzed by grief. Donít get stuck in the past. Believe in a better world and help to attain it."

Since 1962 Schneierís been the spiritual leader of the historic Park East Synagogue on the Upper East Side. He is the founding president of the global reaching Appeal of Conscience Foundation. Since 1965 the organization, with the assistance of world political leaders and religious figures, has been promoting brotherhood and understanding among the faiths of the world.

Ambassador Polgar presented the rabbi with the Commanderís Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit on behalf of the president of Hungary. Among those applauding were Consul Generals Andrey K. Yushmanov of the Russian Federation and Branko Radosevic of the Republic of Serbia.

The rabbi said he faced a dilemma. Does he respond in Hungarian, which is not an easy tongue, or his native German? He spoke in flawless English.

"Iíve worked very hard to lose my Hungarian-German accent. Otherwise Iíd be speaking like Henry Kissinger."


 

 

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