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Holocaust Survivor’s Greatest Wish an Ambulance for Israel

Posted By : Admin October 28, 2014

Max Rozmaryn, 93, a Holocaust survivor who risked his own life to save his fellow Jews from certain death during WWII, had one wish, to leave a legacy in Israel that would help as many people as possible. So when his two sons suggested donating an ambulance to Magen David Adom, he was immediately enthusiastic about the idea.

Inscription on new, lifesaving  MDA ambulance in honor of Max Rozmaryn.

Inscription on new, lifesaving MDA ambulance in honor of Max Rozmaryn.

On Tuesday, October 21, that legacy became a reality. In Silver Spring, Maryland, at the home of Louis and Manette Mayberg, the lifesaving ambulance in honor of Max Rozmaryn was dedicated to the State of Israel.

Reception at Mayberg residence.

Reception at Mayberg residence.

From left, Event Co-chair Dr. Leo Rozmaryn, Max Rozmaryn, AFMDA Northeast Development Executive Madelyn Cohen, and Jack Rozmaryn.

From left, Event Co-chair Dr. Leo Rozmaryn, Max Rozmaryn, AFMDA Northeast Development Executive Madelyn Cohen, and Jack Rozmaryn.

Max’s sons, Leo and Jack, spoke movingly during the program in front of roughly 100 friends and family members who came to celebrate this momentous occasion.

“Dad, here we stand today, with the help of G-d. Your two children, seven grandchildren, 10 1/2 great grandchildren, attesting to your triumph of survival. It is a privilege to honor you in dedicating this ambulance for Israel that bears your name. Thank you, Dad”

Ambulance dedication ceremony.

Dr. Leo Rozmaryn gives father, Max, a kiss during the ambulance dedication ceremony.

The evening began with a reception introducing the community to MDA’s lifesaving work, especially during Operation Protective Edge this summer.

MDA Chief Paramedic Guy Caspi's presentation on MDA's work.

MDA Chief Paramedic Guy Caspi’s presentation on MDA’s work.

During the war, MDA’s fleet of more than 1,000 ambulances were pushed to the limit. The ambulances sustained extra wear-and-tear from responding under extreme conditions, including evacuating soldiers and civilians amid rocket fire.

MDA overseas volunteer Alex Halpern with his mother, Daphne.

MDA overseas volunteer Alex Halpern with his mother, Daphne.

Event Co-chair Dr. William "Buddy" Stern with MDA Chief Paramedic Guy Caspi.

Event Co-chair Dr. William “Buddy” Stern with MDA Chief Paramedic Guy Caspi.

The Rozmaryn’s ambulance will now join this elite fleet after heading to Baltimore, where it will make the journey from the United States until it touches down on Israeli soil at the Port of Ashdod.

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