Boro Park Holocaust Day of Remembrance to Honor Mike Tress and Recha Sternbuch


mike-tressNachas Health & Family Network, Inc. will hold its annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance event tomorrow, May 12, at the Young Israel Beth El, located at 4802 15th Avenue in Brooklyn. The program will commence at 10 a.m. The Day of Remembrance will honor the memories of Reb Elimelich Tress and Mrs. Recha Sternbuch for their heroic rescue actions during World War II. Awards will be presented to their family members by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America. Mrs. Ruth Lichtenstein, Director of Project Witness and Publisher of the Hamodia newspaper and Binah Magazine will give the keynote address. The event is dedicated to the memory of Baruch and Rose Neuman, whose son, Cantor Otser Neuman, will recite the keil maleh.

“This day is not only about reflecting on the darkness and death which became synonymous with the Nazi era, but about finding the light in our continued survival,” remarked Mrs. Rizy Horowitz, Senior Program Coordinator at Nachas. “Today, it is easy to be cynical about the world around us. But this event reminds us of the triumph of the human spirit.”

The Day of Remembrance is sponsored by the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, Senior Care, Maimonides Medical Center, The Marks Law Firm, Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services, Child Health Plus, and All Care Home Health Services.

{Noam Newscenter}


  1. Yes. She is an aunt to Rav Moshe Sternbuch, and daughter of Harav Mordechai Rottenberg HY”D the rav of Antwerp up until his death by the Nazis in 1943.

    Heroine Of Rescue is a book about her life written by Joseph Friedenson and Dr. David Kranzler

    The incredible story of Recha Sternbuch who saved thousands from the Holocaust. As long as she lived, Recha Sternbuch would not speak of her incredible exploits nor would she allow her story to be told.

    But after she passed away the world must know it possessed a charismatic, resourceful, selfless woman who belongs on the all-time honor roll of Jewish heroines.

    Recha Sternbuch was a young Swiss mother who, with her husband Yitzchak, ran a growing, thriving business. But when clouds of torture and murder darkened Jewish life in Europe, the Sternbuchs gave first priority to saving lives.

    She enlisted the aid of the Papal Nuncio, the Polish ambassador, and Latin American diplomats. She organized informers and “smugglers,” whose cargo was human lives. She fought the Swiss bureaucracy and was put on trial for her trouble. Her home became a clearing house for international rescue efforts.

    Her physical courage was astounding. Once she crossed the border into Nazi-occupied France and through the sheer force of her personality induced a brutish Gestapo commander to release twelve Jews into her custody. The Sternbuchs were strictly frum Jews, but they left the Shabbas observance of their only son’s bar mitzvah, and spent the entire day calling and badgering diplomats, police and officials until they secured the release of three illegal Jewish refugees who were about to be deported into the jaws of the Nazi beast. Was the deserted bar mitzvah boy crestfallen? Surely. But he had come to understand the lesson that permeated the entire Sternbuch household: There is no greater gift than the privilege of saving lives.

    We now have the inspiring gift of knowledge that in the decade of its worst degradation, the human race was capable of producing a Recha Sternbuch

  2. When I was a young child of 10 I visited with Aunty Resha in Montreux and while all the family were speaking I must have fallen asleep on the large reclining chair in the salon. On waking up Aunty Resha gave me one of her huge big smiles and whispered into my ear that I had slept on the Satmer Rebbes chair (Reb Yoel). Aunty Resha had played a large part in saving him from the atrocities of the holocaust and made me feel so proud that I had slept on the chair that he had sat on!

  3. Sternbuch cousins – no. 3 and no. 4. I’d love to speak to you personally – how do I get behind your anonymity. We are too many for me to guess but do you – no. 4 – live in Jerusalem and is it your 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday gimmel Sivan. If yes then a very big Mazel Tov – ad meah ve-esrim together with our esteemed cousin Reb Yankel.

  4. RAV rottenberg was the rabbi of the machzikei hadas there was and is till today the larger kehilla the shomrei hadas.

  5. this write-up very forced me to check out and do it! Your writing style has been amazed me. Thanks, very nice article.

  6. Hi,
    I am studying and writing about the Holocaust and interested in how Jewish women helped child survivors after WWII. I read the book mentioned above about your amazing relative and all she did for the Jewish people. Would anyone be will to talk to me about her? If so, let me know and I’ll send my contact info.
    Thank you very much.