Wednesday, December 19, 2012
In 2003 when Lerner searched Yad Vashem’s Names Database for information on his father, he found several entries, including a Page of Testimony submitted to by a woman named Sabine Elzon, who was then a volunteer at Yad Vashem. Lerner contacted her daughter Berthe, also a volunteer at Yad Vashem and found out that Sabine, who was a "Kasharit" (female courier) in the Jewish-communist Resistance knew his father. For Lerner it was an opportunity to gain a new perspective on his father who had been murdered so long ago. "She told me about some conversations she had with my father, how happy he was when I was born, and that his purpose in fighting was to ensure his baby a life in a better world… She remembered my mother's name and even my name (Claude later changed to Daniel) which was rare, since he was very cautious and kept details of his personal life secret," he stated.
For Daniel Lerner sharing Trevor's bar mitzvah in commemoration of his brother Paul has helped him re-connect with his family's past, in addition he has formed close ties with Trevor and his family with whom he remains in contact. "From an emotional perspective it made me feel proud that someone remembered him as well; someone remembered my brother. To me that is the most important thing, that he be remembered."
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