This Holocaust Survivor Had No Family. So 150 Strangers Attended His Funeral

Eddie Ford, a Canadian Holocaust survivor, had virtually no family left to attend his funeral. So a local rabbi made a plea on Facebook. A rabbi in Toronto thought no one would show up in -11 degree weather for the funeral of a Holocaust survivor with virtually no family. At 11 P.M. on the night before the noon funeral of Eddie Ford on January 31st, Rabbi Zale Newman posted the request for members of the Jewish community to attend the funeral. “Won’t take long but please dress warmly,” he wrote. Ford had survived the Holocaust by being hidden with a Christian family.
Newman met him seven months ago, when the 85-year-old from Budapest was hospitalized with cancer that had spread throughout his body. Newman visited weekly before Shabbat and prior to Jewish holidays, writing in his post that Ford would recall his time as a young member of the choir in the Dohany Street Great Synagogue of Budapest. He could only remember the tunes to the Shema sung when the Torah was taken out and some lines of the Aleinu prayer.
Ford renewed his interest in Judaism while hospitalized, and one of his last requests, Ynet reported, was to have a Jewish funeral. In response to the Facebook post, Newman wrote in a follow-up, three people responded that they would attend. So when he arrived at the Pardes Chaim Cemetery in north Toronto, he assumed that the long line of cars waiting to get in to the parking lot was for another funeral. Newman soon learned that his Facebook post had been shared multiple times and that the crowd was there for Ford’s funeral. “I had to park far away and walk in the freezing wind to join an estimated 150 people in a huge, warm circle of love, as we gave Eddie a sweet, proper, fitting, loving send off to the Next World,” Newman wrote.

via haaretz: This Holocaust Survivor Had No Family. So 150 Strangers Attended His Funeral

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