Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Yom HaShoah 5769: A Tribute to Martin and Doris Small

In the course of our peripatetic naval career, we lived in many countries and met many fascinating, wonderful people, some even considered great in the world's eyes—admirals, presidents and prime ministers.

Yet perhaps our greatest privilege has been to meet two very special people, Martin Small and Doris, his wife. A few years ago, we met Martin and Doris when they came to our class to share with us about their experiences as holocaust survivors.

You can read Martin's autobiography, Remember Us, which can be obtained at Amazon or at iUniverse. Proceeds from the sale of the book at iUniverse are being donated by the Smalls for an ongoing fund at their synagogue for the purchase of future Torah scrolls.

Last year we were privileged to witness the realization of Martin's dream, as he carried the Torah into his synagogue, a scroll that he had been instrumental in acquiring for his congregation. The story was carried in the local Boulder newspaper here.

For more of Martin's story and pictures of some of his extensive artwork, check out this tribute site or this one.

For many more examples of Martin's creativity in art, try this link.

Among the many accomplishments of their lives, Martin and Doris have been instrumental in the growth of friendship, fellowship, and understanding between members of the Christian and Jewish communities in Colorado. As a token of this friendship with one church in Arvada, Martin created this beautiful work of art, which is on prominent display in that congregation's building.


Vanessa said...

What a truly remarkable person.

Vickie Atencio said...

This is the first time I've looked at the Tribute to Martin and Doris. It's so very moving. Thanks for sharing.

andrafaye said...

Nice Jim, I am going to look at those sites you mentioned now. Always love to read up on stories like this.