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VE DAY – MAY 8, 2020

On May 8, 2020, we will commemorate VE Day – Victory in Europe.  Please consider viewing JFR’s award winning documentary Following the Footsteps of My FatherHere is a link to the documentary.

If you would like to screen the longer version of the documentary, Footsteps of My Father please email Stanlee at [email protected] and we will make it possible for you to screen the documentary with your organization, community group, sisterhood. The longer version is 38 minutes in length.  Stanlee is also available to “meet” with your group online to discuss the making of the documentary, Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, and the historiography of the Battle of the Bulge. A Teachers Guide for “Footsteps of My Father” is available on the JFR website.  Here is a link to the Teacher’s Guide.

VE Day Program – Florida Holocaust Museum – Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday, May 7, 2020, The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM) is holding a virtual public program commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe. The JFR documentary Following the Footsteps of my Father” will be screened.  The program will feature Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, and Pastor Chris Edmonds, son of Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds, who is featured in the documentary.  The program, which will be live-streamed through Zoom, is free to the public.

To register online, please visit by 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 2020 (registration is required). The attendees may write in questions within the webinar chat and Stanlee Stahl, Pastor Edmonds, and Elizabeth Gelman, Executive Director of The FHM, will be readily available throughout the program to virtually answer your questions and interact with you in real time. For more information on the program please click here.

Footsteps of My Father Director, Paul Allman (left) and Executive Producer, Dean Beals (right) with Pastor Chris Edmonds (center) at the 2016 JFR Dinner.
Stanlee Stahl and Krystyna Wisniewska


Most of the countries where our rescuers live have instituted strict quarantine orders.  This has kept the rescuers indoors for weeks and apart from their families.  The JFR has been reaching out to the rescuers either directly or through family members to see how they are doing.  We are receiving emails expressing their thanks for our support. This is a frightening time for many.

Each April the JFR sends forms to each JFR supported Righteous Gentile for them to complete, have notarized, and returned.  This is our way of confirming that the men and women receiving our monthly financial support are still alive.  We have been informed that a number of countries are not offering air mail service to the United States during the pandemic. Some of these countries include Poland, Albania, the Czech Republic, and Belarus.  The JFR has extended the deadline for receipt of our proof-of-life documents.


Even though the war ended 75 years ago, in April 2020, we received two requests for support.  One request was from a woman who was recognized years ago; however, she did not need help until now.  The second request is from a woman who was just recognized by Yad Vashem in 2019.  The JFR is pleased to provide both women with financial assistance.

Stanlee Stahl, JFR Executive Vice President, working remotely from North Carolina!


As working remotely becomes the new normal for most of us, consider making use of the JFR website.  Our rescuer section contains more than 175 individual stories of rescue.  Our documentary section contains award-winning documentaries of rescue stories.


While JFR staff is working remotely, we are not able to send “in honor of” and “in memory of” cards through the mail as these cards are prepared by staff in the office.  If you would like to send a tribute card, please consider sending an e-Card.  You can send an in honor of eCard by clicking here. You can send an in memory of eCard by clicking here.

An example of what a card for a Gift Made in Honor looks like.


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