Congregation Beth El Hazak invites everyone to a special presentation of …
POWER OF GOOD”
Winner of a 2002 International Emmy Award and the true-life story of the great man who saved the lives of 669 children from Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1939 and NEVER SPOKE ABOUT IT FOR FIFTY YEARS.
FEATURING GUEST SPEAKER
PETER A. RAFAELI
Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic for Eastern Pennsylvania, the State of Delaware, and Southern New Jersey
March 23, 2014
Program includes brunch, film
showing and an interactive
discussion with Peter Rafaeli
Please RSVP with payment by March 16, 2014
Peter A. Rafaeli serves for the last twenty years as the first post-Communist Consul General of the Czech Republic in Philadelphia with jurisdiction over Eastern Pennsylvania, the State of Delaware, and Southern New Jersey.
Mr. Rafaeli is a Holocaust survivor from the former Czechoslovakia. His own father, who was blind, was “beaten to a bloody pulp by Nazi sympathizers and died.” He and his mother were transported to Ravensbruck and then Buchenwald, where she was killed.
Rafaeli escaped and went into hiding with false identity papers. In 1949, he went to Israel, where he married his wife, also a Czech survivor. (Inez Rafaeli, who died last year, lost most of her family and, said her husband, “relived the Holocaust every day of her life.”) They had two daughters before immigrating to the United States in 1961. Rafaeli earned a high school diploma and worked full-time while earning a degree from Johns Hopkins University. He went on to have a successful career in the auto industry.
Since retiring, he has served as treasurer and president of the American Friends of the Czech Republic and was appointed to his honorary post in Philadelphia in 1993.