JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu mentioned in his Holocaust Remembrance day speech the story of Bella Freund, the chareidi daughter of a Holocaust survivor who could not bring herself to vaccinate due to the horrors her mother had experienced as a child who was part of the experiments conducted by the infamous Dr. Mengele.Click to get Text Message Updates right to your phone
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Freund, who is the widowed daughter-in-law of Rabbi Asher Freund, the founder of the Yad Ezra organization and a mother of 8, said that her mother had never given her any vaccinations all her life after the trauma she suffered as a child and therefore she was nervous about taking her first vaccination.
It was an Israeli Arab paramedic, Fahdi Dakidak, who succeeded in calming down Freund and persuading her to vaccinate and Netanyahu saw this as a circle completed – with an Arab aiding a Jewish person whose parent had suffered at the hand of Nazi Germany. Netanyahu mentioned that the Arab world is beginning to take more interest in the Holocaust, with the first-ever memorial ceremony taking place in Dubai on Wednesday.
Netanyahu did not however refer to another amazing story regarding Bella Freund which occurred nearly 30 years ago. A terrorist had stabbed two teenagers near Jerusalem’s Mahaneh Yehuda market. Caught by bystanders who tried to lynch him, it was Freund who stood between them and the terrorist, taking their blows and refusing to allow them to harm the terrorist. For 27 minutes she sat on the terrorist until the arrival of police, despite being spat upon and cursed for her behavior. At the time she explained that “I was educated on Zionism and love of human beings and not on racism and hatred of Arabs. Moreover, after hearing what my mother suffered, I hated all forms of physical abuse and never hit my kids. I have an Arab cleaning lady who I respect and admire.”