Israel marked Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha’Shoah) this week– paying tribute to the six million Jews killed by the Nazis.
For two solemn minutes at 10am, a siren rang as Israelis honored the dead with silent reflection. At a ceremony where victims’ names were read aloud, Knesset speaker Yuli Edelstein said, "each and every child and every person must have a name. Not a number, not a figure, but an actual name".
Traffic comes to a standstill as Israeli drivers honor Holocaust victims
Digital entrepreneur Jonathan Caras (CTO at Glide), together with his mother Joanne Caras, found a novel way to honor the survivors: “The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook”. In this book of recipes and stories, 129 Holocaust survivors share their personal experiences and a treasured family recipe. All profits, more than $1 million to date, have been donated to charity, including the Carmei Ha’ir soup kitchen in Jerusalem. Media attention has helped sustain the project, such as this appearance on Fox News, and led to a second book and television program, "Miracles & Meals".
From the Holocaust Survivors Cookbook: The story of Joseph and Regina Tauber, as told by their daughters Susan Coe and Marlene Sussman
Our father, Joseph Tauber met our mother Regina Zylberberg when she was about 14 years old. They were childhood sweethearts. They married in January 1940 right after Germany invaded Poland in Sept. 1939. Initially they were in the ghetto. In 1944, on a long, brutal walk to Tomashow, they were separated. Regina was sent to Auschwitz and Joseph was sent to Dachau.They endured unspeakable horrors. They lost most of their family members including their parents, most of their brothers and sisters and their baby, Hadassah Tauber who was only three years old.
Miraculously, on July 13, 1945 Regina and Joseph found each other each again after they were liberated. In 1948, Regina gave birth to another daughter, Sara Rose in a Displaced Person''s Camp in Stuttgart, Germany. They moved to America in 1949 and settled in Baltimore. They had another daughter, Esther Marlene in 1955. Joseph and Regina were always grateful to God for finding each other again and giving them other children. Regina was a nurturing person, and used love in all she did for others. Feeding her family with her delicious food was just one of her many expressions of love. Our Bubby and Zayde were never bitter, because they were grateful to have found each other again and thankful to God for giving them their two daughters (our mothers). We learned from them the most important values of kindness and gratitude. We were so blessed to have them. We not only remember them when we eat her wonderful food, but their beautiful memories are always in our hearts.
Regina Tauber’s Honey Cake:
¾ cup Crisco
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 cup honey
1 cup black coffee
4.5 cups flour
0.5 tsp salt
0.5 tsp ginger
0.75 tsp cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
Juice of 0.5 orange
Directions: Preheat over for 350 degrees
1) Mix all the above ingredients
2) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour