4 August 1912 - 17 July 1947
28 April 1908 - 9 October 1974
I knew of these two men, heroes to me, and to many others.
I had read of Mr. Wallenberg when I was a kid. As World War II was a favorite subject, I read anything about that war (and still do). I remember reading of his efforts to rescue Jews from the Nazis near the end of the war, and how he vanished into Soviet captivity and death.
I did not learn of Herr Schindler until the movie Schindler's List came out. That film tore at my heart yet raised my spirit, all at the same time.
There are those who stand out over the dim reaches of time and memory, those who should be held up as a light to a dark and disturbed world. Not all people are indifferent, or evil. Some will stand against the darkness.
Some will pay the price with their lives, some will survive to live out their lives, often in relative obscurity.
|Master Sergeant Roddie Edmonds, United States Army|
I learned of MSgt Edmonds' story only this week, first in this post by superb writer, Robert J. Avrech. (If you're not reading his blog, you should be.) Then after making a note to myself to perhaps write a post of my own, I received an e-mail from one of my readers (thanks Bob) with a link to this post. (Someone I should perhaps start reading on a regular basis.)
The Daily Mail and CDR Salamander have also written of this incredible and brave man. I really can't add any more to this than these fine writers have. So go, read those accounts.