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house Bill H.R. 2740

Awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to a Rabbi Who Saved Jews From the Holocaust

Argument in favor

Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl’s heroic actions in World War II helped save Jews from the Holocaust, Congress should posthumously award him America’s highest civilian honor.

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11/13/2018
So why did it take 70 years to honor this man
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Joseph 's Opinion
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11/13/2018
Whoever nay’ed this is an actual fucking idiot
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11/13/2018
Shockingly, a lot of similar behavior is being normalized under this administration. Something I thought (hoped) I would never see in my lifetime. Perhaps this can be a reminder that hatred, bigotry and anti-semitism is not acceptable any more. There is no place for it now and this is one chapter we can not afford to look back on. One of the best things my dad did for his kids was take us to Dachau and show us the cost of unabashed hatred, it was a lesson we already knew, but it left an indelible mark. Those horrors should NEVER be normalized. First comes hate speech, then cages, let’s hope we don’t see what comes next. For whatever differences we have, we all have one thing in common...We’re all human beings and deserve to be treated as such. There is NOTHING Supreme about the white nationalist movement. It is cowardice, weakness, and ignorance plain and simple.
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Argument opposed

Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl’s heroic actions in World War II should be recognized in other ways than by posthumously awarding him the Congressional Gold Medal.

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11/13/2018
As an Orthodox Jewish American, I would like to know why Congress thinks this a worthwhile use of their time.
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11/13/2018
No, absolutely not! He wasn't in the military which rules him out! That medal is the highest award this country has to offer to military personnel for going way above the call with Bravery and Valor in the line of duty! If this is approved the liberal democrats have officially went too far and should be ran out of D.C. and this country!
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11/13/2018
This Rabbi has been honored by the people he saved. He doesn't need a gold medal to show the amazing feat he accomplished. As to the other people who have chosen Nay I am ashamed to say, are passing judgement on a man they don't know and have never met. They are tending to group all Jews together and are showing their dislike of Jewish people all together. As in every group of people there are some that are really good people, and some that are not so good. The whole group cannot be judged by a few. That tends to come under the category of bigotry.
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      Committee on Financial Services
    IntroducedMay 25th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 2740?

This bill would award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in recognition of his acts of valor during World War II attempting to save the Jews of Slovakia from the Holocaust. As a leader of the Bratislava Working Group, Weissmandl sent letters that alerted Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to the plight of Europe’s Jews under Nazi rule. By bribing diplomats, he managed to obtain visas for 60 rabbis to flee to Britain by bribing diplomats, and he was among those to propose a plan to bomb the rail lines leading to the death camp at Auschwitz. Weissmandl escaped from a railcar when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, but his family was murdered at the camp.

After the war, Weissmandl founded the Nitra Yeshiva in Somerville, New Jersey which combined agricultural work with religious study. He remarried and started a new family prior to his death in 1957.

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian award in the U.S.

Impact

Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl, his family, and his memory; and Congress.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2740

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) introduced this bill to posthumously award a Congressional gold medal to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in recognition of his efforts to protect Jews during the Holocaust:

“At a time when the stakes could not have been higher, Rabbi Weissmandl took brave risks, ultimately saving lives. It is with the utmost respect that I’ve introduced a bill to award him witha  Congressional gold medal--the highest civilian award in the United States. A pioneer in the Jewish community of New York, Rabbi Weissmandl’s contributions to the city carry an unwavering legacy of strength and resilience. We must never forget the monumental risk and bravery displayed by a life dedicated to fighting intolerance and extremism.”

This legislation has the support of 296 cosponsors in the House, including 170 Democrats and 126 Republicans


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Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl Congressional Gold Medal Act of 2017

Official Title

To posthumously award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in recognition of his acts of valor during World War II.

    So why did it take 70 years to honor this man
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    Whoever nay’ed this is an actual fucking idiot
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    Shockingly, a lot of similar behavior is being normalized under this administration. Something I thought (hoped) I would never see in my lifetime. Perhaps this can be a reminder that hatred, bigotry and anti-semitism is not acceptable any more. There is no place for it now and this is one chapter we can not afford to look back on. One of the best things my dad did for his kids was take us to Dachau and show us the cost of unabashed hatred, it was a lesson we already knew, but it left an indelible mark. Those horrors should NEVER be normalized. First comes hate speech, then cages, let’s hope we don’t see what comes next. For whatever differences we have, we all have one thing in common...We’re all human beings and deserve to be treated as such. There is NOTHING Supreme about the white nationalist movement. It is cowardice, weakness, and ignorance plain and simple.
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    These are the people you want to recognize!!!!! 👏👍🇺🇸🇺🇸
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    E honor him 70 years after the fact. But honor a Republican mega donor now. Sick.
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    Good men deserve recognition!
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    True Heroes deserve recognition.
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    This man is a hero whose bravery cannot even be imagined. Just wonder why it took 70 years to honor him. Does he have family who will attend and see their family member be honored for his selfless love of his fellow Jews.
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    RABBI WEISSMANDL Congressional Gold Medal I support the bill which would award the Congressional Gold Medal posthumously to Rabbi Michoel Ber Weissmandl in recognition of his acts of valor during World War II attempting to save the Jews of Slovakia from the Holocaust. As a leader of the Bratislava Working Group, Weissmandl sent letters that alerted Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill to the plight of Europe’s Jews under Nazi rule. By bribing diplomats, he managed to obtain visas for 60 rabbis to flee to Britain by bribing diplomats, and he was among those to propose a plan to bomb the rail lines leading to the death camp at Auschwitz. Weissmandl escaped from a railcar when he and his family were deported to Auschwitz, but his family was murdered at the camp. SneakyPete.... 🇺🇸🇺🇸👍🏻🇺🇸🇺🇸. 11*13*18.....
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    Absolutely, he saved many lives while risking his own. He is a hero who deserves to be formally recognized for his efforts.
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    Remember our heroes🙏🏼🙏🏼
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    As an Orthodox Jewish American, I would like to know why Congress thinks this a worthwhile use of their time.
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    Absolutely award this medal, why did it take so long? A good way to remind our nationalist president that all lives are precious
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    Yes! The 'nea' sayers need to read! The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest 'CIVILIAN' award!
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    No, absolutely not! He wasn't in the military which rules him out! That medal is the highest award this country has to offer to military personnel for going way above the call with Bravery and Valor in the line of duty! If this is approved the liberal democrats have officially went too far and should be ran out of D.C. and this country!
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    Shalom! Now who will save their descendants survive racist crackpot bombers stirred up by our “illustrious POTUS”?
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    This Rabbi has been honored by the people he saved. He doesn't need a gold medal to show the amazing feat he accomplished. As to the other people who have chosen Nay I am ashamed to say, are passing judgement on a man they don't know and have never met. They are tending to group all Jews together and are showing their dislike of Jewish people all together. As in every group of people there are some that are really good people, and some that are not so good. The whole group cannot be judged by a few. That tends to come under the category of bigotry.
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    Better late than never.
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    Recognition for such a tremendous gift to the world is never questionable and is now very much overdue!
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    No brainer as far as I’m concerned.
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