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“But since I was the only one who could do it, I tried my best.”

September 18, 2009
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Extremely moving article in the New York Times today about Max Fuchs, the man who was the cantor at the first Sabbath service in Germany since Hitler came to power.

“We bring you now a special broadcast of historic significance: The first Jewish religious service broadcast from Germany since the advent of Hitler.”

Mr. Fuchs, now 87 and living on the Upper West Side, was 22 that day at Aachen.

“I was just as much scared as anyone else,” he said in an interview in his Manhattan apartment. “But since I was the only one who could do it, I tried my best.”
Mr. Fuchs understated-ness about this act is amazing. He did something really special, and yet he never really talked about it. Fascinating and emotional.

Here is a video about that service:

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