Another couple called him “one of the great Rabbis, thinkers and orators of our generation. His ability to give the most meaningful Divrei Torah on any subject with no notice was unparalleled.”
Even in retirement he continued to harken back to the dark days before freedom and liberty.
Israel and Limore Ellis wrote: “A couple of years ago I went to see the Rabbi at Kensington. I told him that I was recently in Lodz and described three backfilled unmarked graves at the cemetery. These graves were the favor the Nazis were going to give to the remaining survivors of the ghetto. Fortunately for those survivors, the Russians came in and the Germans ran away. Those who survived collected all the Sheimesh and buried the books and Torah scrolls in these graves.”
“The Rabbi slapped my knee with excitement and “you know who vas there? That vas my first eulogy!”
Another person remembered him quietly sharing that “while in the Lodz Ghetto, the Germans, NO Nazis, took note of his name and that of Chaim Weizmann, a staunch Zionist and a prominent Worldwide Jewish leader. Rabbi Weizman suggested for us that he felt that perhaps the Nazis treated him differently better? than others on account of their believe that they were related.”
Despite the hardship and horror he lived through, “The Rabbi never complained, except once when answering a question how is the food, he made reference to a certain simple soup that they made at the residence, and how bad it was, stating that even that simple soup they managed to ruin.”