International Holocaust Remembrance Day brings to mind David Gottlieb’s experience on the SS Josiah Wedgwood running the 1949 Israel blockade to statehood

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Tuesday marked the 70th annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day recognized across the world. David Gottlieb’s “Almost a Mensch Part 2: The Pathway to Menschhood” tells the story of David’s experience aboard the SS Josiah Wedgwood in 1946 and helps the world remember why “Never Again” is not just a pledge by the survivors.

“Ah bissel un a bissel macht a fullen schissel (A little and a little makes a full plate).” —an old Yiddish saying

“A totally compelling narrative of potential realized, of adventure, and the coming of wisdom born of the fire of daring and courage.” ––Sidney Berger, Chair, Department of Theater, The University of Houston

On July 6, 1946, the SS Josiah Wedgwood was within thirty miles of the port of Haifa, Palestine. On board expectancy, excitement, and suspense grew among the 1,257 Holocaust survivors. Ignoring instructions to stay below, they crowded the topside deck for the first glimpse of Eretz, Israel, the Promised Land. Would they make it to Haifa, or would ships of the British blockade intercept them and send them back to their port of origin?

David Gottlieb was an eighteen-year-old crewman on that vessel. How he came to be there, the part he played in that historic voyage, and what happened to him as a result are chapters of his life told in his fascinating memoir, Almost a Mensch Part 2: The Pathway to Menschhood.

David Gottlieb is a PhD graduate of the University of Chicago where he majored in both the Sociology of Education and Adolescent Behavior. He has published numerous academic texts and research articles in juried discipline journals, as well as a memoir, Almost a Mensch and the book, Staying in the Game.

He served as a member of President Kennedy’s Committee on Science and Technology and as a Deputy Director of The Job Corps in The Office of Economic Opportunity, Director of Research for several White House Conferences on Children and Youth.

He was Dean of The College of Social Sciences, University of Houston; Founding Director of The Houston Area Research Center, President and CEO of the Woodlands Center for the Performing Arts (DBA) The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, Vice President of the Woodlands Development Company, and is currently serving as VP for Strategic Planning for The Woodforest National Bank and Board Member of The Woodforest Charitable Foundation.

In November 2008, the Israel Ministry of Defense awarded David the Israel Warriors Decoration for being a crew member on the Josiah Wedgwood, a ship that transported more than one thousand Holocaust survivors from Europe to Palestine. This award is their highest recognition given to a non-Israeli citizen.

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