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by Rabbi Elazar Muskin

Posted on Feb. 26, 1998 at 7:00 pm

In October 1995, the Cleveland Jewish Newsreported that at the 50th-anniversary celebration of the localfederation's Jewish Community Relations Committee, the guest speaker,Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League,shared his own 50th-anniversary story.

Foxman was born in Poland shortly before World WarII. During the war, his parents saved him by handing him over to hisnursemaid, who raised him as a Catholic. When the war ended, theyoung boy's parents survived the Holocaust and returned to claimtheir son, much to the nursemaid's surprise. Although they wereeternally grateful to the nursemaid for risking her own life byhiding their son from the Nazis for four years, Foxman's parents werewilling to go to court in order to regain custody of theirson.

Young Abe, who had just spent four years living asa Christian, was not sure whether he wanted to remain Christian or

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