Monday, April 8, 2013
JERUSALEM (AP) — Among the crowds marking Israel's annual Holocaust remembrance day at the Yad Vashem memorial in Jerusalem Monday was a retired U.S. Air Force colonel from San Francisco who came to honor a family he never knew.
Bertrand Huchberger was too young to remember his parents, who sent him and his older sister from Paris into the French countryside to escape the Nazi roundups during World War II. For three years he was hidden by Christian rescuers, including a prostitute, before he was put into an orphanage and adopted by American Jews when he was 11 and taken to New York.
Now 75, Huchberger took part in a rite that has become a centerpiece of the Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed in the genocide by reading the names of his dead relatives: his parents, Alexander and Elenora Noz, and his brother, Albert, who stayed behind in Paris. All were killed.
Huchberger said Monday, "Now I feel that I find myself and my heritage, and it's just uplifting ..."