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ALEXANDER KIMEL - HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR
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PORTRAIT OF A SURVIVOR - LEON GAMS

by Alexander Kimel

We don't build monuments for righteous people, says the Talmud ("Ein Bonim Neshafot L'Tzadikim, Ki Masehem Hem Nafshotehen "). We don't built monuments for the righteous people, because their deeds and good name are more lasting than words of praise carved in stone. Lonek Gams was such a righteous man.

When a person passes away, he is judged by the Almighty in Heaven and by the surviving peers on earth. When the "Book of Life" is closed, we recall the deceased, his trials and tribulations, his achievements and failures, his strength and weaknesses, and subconsciously decide what image of him we will retain in our memory. I believe that Lonek was such a loving, honest and caring man that he easily passed his Heavenly and Earthly Days of Judgment.

The Talmud teaches us that a man is judged by his temper, his handling of money and by his drinking habits. (B'kiso, Kaaso v'Koso). On all those counts, Lonek was an exemplary man. Lonek was a very honest man.

Lonek survived the Holocaust through his ingenuity and inventiveness. In the last and final effort to save his life, he was working as a field hand on an agricultural estate in a small village in eastern Poland. To dispel any suspisions of being a Jew, Leon had to go "home" for all the major Holidays (Christmas,Easter...) He would walk , rain or snow, 12 miles into the deep forest , where by pre-arranged signal a young Polish woman, living near-by, would meet him. She was extremely dedicated to Leon and would bring traditional Holiday cakes, for Leon to take back to his peasant co-workers. Leon never forgot her help and until she died he assisted her generously, and upon her death he continued to help her daughter.

The Talmud teaches us that a good name is better than gold. ("Tov Shem Tov Mi Shemen Tov") Lonek was a very giving man. About two months before his death He and Ada invited my cousin, a Holocaust Survivor, to a restaurant party and later to their exquisite apartment. She was enchanted with the restaurant, their apartment and most of all with their warm hospitality. They made her last days of life memorable. She never stopped talking about this event. She died a month later at the ripe age of ninety seven years. Thank you Lonek, thank you Ada for a good deed.

There are people who go through life noisily, driving luxurious cars, wearing big label clothes, who are desperately trying to make an impression, to be noted, to be admired. On the other hand there are those unassuming people who quietly sail through life, and devoid of vanity, they live for others. They somehow become an integral part of ourselves and when they pass away they leave behind a painful vacuum, Lonek was such a friend. We are all going to miss him.

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