Emotions flowed earlier this week during a heartfelt ceremony at Yad Vashem. Participants travelled near and far to attend a special ceremony posthumously honoring Joseph and Marie Andries from Belgium as Righteous Among the Nations. Aside from the importance of recognizing and giving thanks to these individuals who risked their lives to rescue Jews during the Holocaust, the research process yielded the discovery of long-lost relatives of Benno Gerson and Anni Goldberg, Jewish children who were saved by Joseph and Marie Andries. Extended family members from Israel and the US were both excited and proud to take part in this ceremony honoring the couple who saved their cousins.
The story began right after the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938, when Luser-Ludwig and Pepi Gershonowitz decided to leave Germany. They first sent their daughter Anni to the Netherlands, and then followed with their younger son, Benno. Eventually the family settled in Brussels, Belgium.
|Dr. Francoise Rampelberg|
accepting the medal and certificate
Dr. Francoise Rampelberg with Holocaust survivor
Benno Gerson and Stefan Goldberg unveiling Righteous Marie
and Joseph Andries's names of the Wall of Honor.
|Dr. Rampleberg, Serge and Stefan Goldberg |
with extended family members and the American
Ambassador to Israel, Ron Dermer and Belgium Ambassador
to Israel Olivier Belle