To Life! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 330

“We need to leave the city immediately, it is getting too dangerous around here” he whispered to his wife.

“Are you out of your mind? Our entire family surrounds us, our kids, my parents, and brothers and sisters. We have a successful business and an established life here. I am not leaving!” she exclaimed.

Next morning, she woke up screaming and crying: “where are the kids? They are not here! Someone has kidnapped our kids!”

He calmly looked at her and said: “I’ve arranged for them to safely cross the border last night from Poland to Russia. I am on my way to join them and hope you will be joining me and the kids safely in Russia!”

That man and women were my grandparents! It was my grandfather’s foresight, intuition and remarkable courage that saved them, my mother and her brother from the Nazi’s regime. Sadly, the rest of their/my family would not listen to him and all perished in the holocaust.

Today is Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we mourn the tragic loss of six million innocent Jews and among them my dear grandparents’ Mom, Dad, brothers, sisters and extended family.

It was my grandfather who saw it all and eventually chose to move to Israel to start a new life.

I remember when I was 18, after completing basic training in the Israel Defense Force, we all stood there in the middle of the night emotionally reciting “remember and never to forget!”

On this day I honor and remember my family that was wiped out during the holocaust and the millions of others, who lost their lives.

I am especially thankful for my grandfather, who chose life.

To Life!


My Grandparents – Moshe and Genya Pester

2 thoughts on “To Life! Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 330

  1. A beautiful tribute to your Grandfather! He made the right choice based on instinct, and acted out his plan with bravery! As a result I am honored to know his grandson…Cheers to you and your family on this important occasion!

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