(JNS.org) The UK’s Department for Communities on Monday will posthumously honor a British
rabbi who saved about 300 Jewish children during the Second World War as a British hero of the Holocaust.
Click photo to download. Caption: Young Rabbi Dr Solomon Schonfeld. Credit: Jonathan Ellis via Wikimedia Commons.
Rabbi Solomon Schonfeld is
known for founding the London Hasmonean
High School and for presiding over the Union of Orthodox Hebrew
Congregations of England. After the Nazis took over Austria in 1938, Schonfeld
traveled back and forth to rescue Jewish children from Europe and bring them to
Britain. He also helped shelter 1,000 yeshiva students, rabbis and other Jews.
He died in 1984 at the age of 72.
“Before the war, he risked his
life going to Germany and Austria even though the Foreign Office told him not
to go,” said his son, Dr. Jeremy Schonfeld, according to the London Jewish Chronicle.