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Holocaust Survivors Leave Legacy to Save Lives

Posted By : Leah Breevoort November 10, 2014

Henry and Rita Stern understood how precious life is; the two survived the Nazi concentration camps, but only after losing both of their spouses. In 1947, the couple had their son Morris and together, began to rebuild a future not only for themselves, but for all of Israel. Now, their legacy, a new lifesaving Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance, will be on display at two Boston events before making its way to Israel.

MDA Life Support Ambulance in memory of Rita, Henry, and Morris Stern.

MDA Life Support Ambulance in memory of Rita, Henry, and Morris Stern.

First, the ambulance will be featured at the LimmudBoston conference on Sunday, December 7, 2014. The vehicle will be open to all, with children able to climb inside and explore life inside an MDA ambulance. Former MDA volunteer paramedics will be standing by, ready to answer any questions, and speak about their experiences saving lives in Israel.

The ambulance will also be driven to the Boston Holocaust Memorial on December 7th, for a brief ceremony honoring those who did not survive. The public is invited. Because of limited space, reservations are necessary (Tel. 617-916-1827; e-mail burtonklein@gmail.com).

Following these events, the ambulance will be shipped to Israel where it will join MDA’s fleet of more than 1,000 lifesaving vehicles. There, the legacy Rita and Henry Stern left behind will finally be fulfilled as the ambulance dedicated in their memory, and in memory of their son Morris, saves lives for generations to come.

Life Support ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances are only two of eight types of vehicles used by MDA to save lives in Israel.

Life Support ambulances and Mobile Intensive Care Unit ambulances are only two of eight types of vehicles used by MDA to save lives in Israel.

“The Sterns understood how valuable life is to the Jewish people after having experienced how quickly it can be taken away,” says AFMDA New England Representative Burton Klein. “Their dedication to AFMDA and the future of Israel will always be reflected and remembered as their ambulance saves lives for years to come.”

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