Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
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Request for Cosponsor(s)

Co-Sponsor H.R. 2740: Award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rabbi Michoel Weissmandl for His Acts of Valor During WWII.

Co-Sponsors: Brian Mast, Donald S. Beyer, Grace Meng, Steve Cohen, Mark Takano, Carolyn B. Maloney, Yvette D. Clarke, Sean Patrick Maloney, Jerrold Nadler, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Eliot L. Engel, Charlie Crist, Don Bacon, Ron DeSantis,
Nita Lowey, Rod Blum, Hank Johnson, Sanford D. Bishop Jr., Colleen Hanabusa, Rosa L. DeLauro, Frank Pallone, Alcee L. Hastings, Ted Lieu, Jim Renacci, Zoe Lofgren, Al Lawson, Earl Blumenauer, Gene Green, Mark Meadows, David P. Joyce, Pete Olson

Endorsing Organizations: The Jewish Federations of North America, Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County, National Council of Young Israel


Dear Colleague:


I invite you to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 2740, which would award a Congressional Gold Medal to Rabbi Michoel Weissmandl, an unsung hero who proactively fought against Nazi Germany’s “Final Solution.”


During the Nazi regime, Weissmandl played an active role in protecting Europe’s Jewish people. He became a leading activist, earning the support and attention from contacts in foreign countries. Through his work, he was able to obtain visas for persecuted
Jews, wrote telegrams supporting intervention, secured rescue and even fooled and bribed Dieter Wsliceny to halt the transportation of Jewish people to concentration camps.


After the war, Rabbi Weissmandl moved to the United States and immediately got to work to establish a home and Yeshiva for Holocaust survivors. This Yeshiva would become a model for future institutions here in the United States.


The Rabbi was, until the end of his life, strong, determined and possessed unwavering courage. Such qualities are not only remarkable in the midst of adversity, but worthy of recognition. Please join us in cosponsoring H.R. 2740 to honor Rabbi Weissmandl’s
legacy and to recognize his spirit and unwavering commitment to human rights during one of the darkest periods of our world’s history. If you have any questions or would like to be a cosponsor, please have your staff contact Jonathan Martinez at




Nydia M. Velázquez

Member of Congress

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