Rank and File: Remembering the 'Irish Schindler'

A special screening in Ra'anana of 'It Tolls For Thee,' about Mary Elmes; a concert honoring Frank Sinatra; and a Holocaust survivor makes aliyah at 92

Almost 71 years to the day after immigrating to the United States from postwar Europe, Jack Nasielski joins his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as he immigrates to Israel, June 11, 2018.
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PLUCK OF THE IRISH: The Holocaust is filled with many untold or lesser-known stories of heroism. One of them is that of Mary Elmes, a businesswoman and aid worker from Cork, Ireland, who saved the lives of at least 200 Jewish children. On Tuesday, the Israel-Ireland Friendship League, in association with ESRA Cinema Club Ra’anana, will host a special screening of “It Tolls For Thee,” which recounts Elmes’ remarkable effort. “Mary Elmes is the only Irish citizen to be honored as a ‘Righteous Among The Nations’ by Yad Vashem, risking her own life in occupied France during World War Two to save the lives of Jewish children from being deported to Nazi extermination camps,” noted Malcolm Gafson, the league’s president. The screening will be held In the presence of Irish Ambassador Alison Kelly. The event will be preceded by a Bloomsday festive reception, celebrating Irish writer James Joyce. RSVP to (050) 822-1732 between 6-8 P.M., not on Shabbat.

OL’ BLUE EYES IS BACK, IN JERUSALEM: It is impossible to discuss the greatest singers of the 20th century without reference to Frank Sinatra. This Sunday, Israel Musicals will present “Frankly, Sinatra” – a tribute to Ol’ Blue Eyes at Jerusalem’s Max and Gianna Glassman Family Center. Tenor Yisrael Lutnick, together with pianist Haim Tukachinsky, will follow Sinatra’s life from his youth in New Jersey, through his ups and downs and his golden years as head of the Rat Pack. Lutnick, a onetime New Yorker who has performed in the Big Apple’s theater district, will cover about 20 Sinatra hits during the evening and also recount Sinatra’s bonds with the Jewish people and Israel. Tukachinsky, a graduate of the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance in piano and composition, will conduct the Israel Musicals Ensemble. For tickets, call the AACI on (02) 566-1181, ext. 0.

HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR MAKES ALIYAH: Israel welcomed 28 new citizens from North America on Tuesday, and among them was Holocaust survivor Jack Nasielski. “Israel is my new home and I love it,” said Nasielski, 92, who landed at Ben-Gurion International Airport nearly 71 years to the day after arriving in New York by boat. Born in Dessau, Germany, Nasielski fled the Nazis as a child via Poland. He was eventually captured and shipped to four different concentration camps, including Auschwitz and Blechhammer, where he was finally liberated in 1945. For almost 20 years, Jack lived in Edison, New Jersey, following his daughter Lilly and her husband Bruce. Now he is following his children again as they all move to Rehovot this summer, joining Lilly and Bruce’s four children and Jack’s many grandchildren and great-grandchildren already living in Israel.

Rank and File was compiled by Steven Klein.

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