Holocaust Survivor Saved By Americans Donates $1M Out of Gratitude to Help Wounded Soldiers

Holocaust Survivor Saved By Americans Donates $1M Out of Gratitude to Help Wounded Soldiers

What a touching and inspiring act of generosity this is. Bernard Darty, who is an 83 year-old Holocaust survivor, just donated $1 million to help wounded veterans. I believe the donation is split between the Red Cross and the Wounded Warriors Project. The donation was made in memory of the American soldiers who saved his life. On July 16, 1942, French police arrested his mother. Bernard then spent two years hiding from the Nazis who were occupying France. His mother was sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz by the Germans and he believes that she died there within weeks of her arrival. Bernard managed to survive by hiding with families on the outskirts of Paris until the area was liberated by Allied Forces following the Normandy Invasion in 1944.

“I vividly remember the arrival of the hundreds of thousands of American troops who landed in Normandy to liberate us in June 1944,” Darby wrote for Fox News. “They were our saviors, doling out packets of sweets to half-starved, war-weary children who had almost given up hope for freedom. The gratitude I feel to these men is beyond words,” he stated. “They freed our country and they saved our lives. Without American troops, my family and I simply would not have existed. I think of that every time I look at our family photos.”

“At 83 years old, I am one of the few remaining Holocaust survivors – thanks to the American troops who rescued me in what seems like a lifetime ago,” the French businessman said. “And so this year I’m saying ‘thank you’ to the American soldiers of the 1940s by donating $1 million to organizations serving wounded American veterans today.” Bernard says that he has had a wonderful life and he feels he owes everything to the American soldiers who saved him.

After Bernard was rescued, he served in the French military. He then started a business that became one of the largest appliance retailers in Europe. The Darty Group operates nearly 350 stores across three countries. “(A)s I watched news stories this fall of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires striking America, inflicting suffering among civilians and veterans alike, I realized that I still had an important task left to complete in my life,” he related. “I had not yet given back to the American soldiers who saved my life nearly three-quarters of a century ago.”

“That is why I want to help modern American veterans today,” Darty wrote. “They pursue the tradition of the young men who landed on the shores of Normandy in June 1944 and who I will never forget. In giving this donation, I want to thank Americans with all my heart for coming to rescue us in our hour of need. But I also want to make a public stand in support of America,” he said. “I hope that my donation can trigger a movement and lead others to take action. My story shows it’s never too late to give back, especially for a cause that’s close to your heart. If it wasn’t too late for this octogenarian, it’s not too late for you.”

Americans have always helped others in need and in time of war. Many times our military and our country are hated for it. But sometimes, someone like Bernard does something that shows selfless gratitude and reminds all of us what we are fighting for. What a wonderful act of gratitude towards our military and America.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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