KKL-JNF and B'nai B'rith World Center to Honor Holocaust-era Educator Samuel (Sally) Bein Who Was Murdered in Sobibor
(Washington, D.C., June 14, 2020) -- The B'nai B'rith World Center-Jerusalem and the Jewish National Fund will honor the memory of Samuel (Sally) Bein, outstanding educator and founding principal of the first boarding school for Jewish children with special needs in Germany, established in Beelitz in 1908 by the German-Israelite community and B'nai B'rith in Germany.
The unveiling ceremony of a plaque in honor of Bein, his wife Rebeka, their young daughter, Lisa Karola, and 47 pupils and staff who were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators will take place at the B'nai B'rith Cave in the B'nai B'rith Martyrs Forest (location) on Wednesday, June 17th at 11:00 a.m., marking 78 years since their deportation and subsequent murder in the Sobibor death camp.
Speakers will include: Daniel Atar, world chairman, Jewish National Fund (JNF); Alan Schneider, director, B’nai B’rith World Center-Jerusalem; Ronny Dotan, researcher and initiator of the memorial; Lihi Lapid, author; Shay Cucuy, representative of the families; Major General (Res.) Doron Almog, chairman, Aleh Negev-Nahalat Eran; Holocaust survivor Major General (Res.) Yossi Peled; and Amikam Raz, representative of Akim Israel.
B'nai B'rith has partnered with the JNF on many projects, beginning with land acquisition in the 1930s, on which two collective communities - Moledet B'nai B'rith and Ramat Zvi (named for B'nai B'rith President Henry Zvi Monsky) - were established. The largest joint project is the Martyrs Forest, which dates from the early 1950s and was the first site built in Israel to commemorate the six million Holocaust victims. For the past 18 years, KKL and the B'nai B'rith World Center have partnered in a Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Day ceremony – the only annual event dedicated to honor the heroism of Jewish rescuers during the Holocaust.
B’nai B’rith has been active in Germany since 1882. It was the first Jewish organization targeted by the Nazis, who obliterated one hundred active lodges in Germany alone and some one hundred more across vanquished Europe. B’nai B’rith is represented today again in Germany and throughout western and eastern Europe.