In December 2015 I attended a Christian Leaders Seminar at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem. In my class was a pastor from Tennessee named Chris Edmonds, and little did we know what excitement we would experience over the course of those 8 days at Yad Vashem.
We learned early on that Chris’ dad, Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds, had saved the lives of over 200 Jewish-American soldiers in WW2, and that Yad Vashem was nearing completion of the long process of confirming those facts. While in class one day, word came that it was official: Master Sgt Roddie Edmonds was posthumously designated by Yad Vashem as “Righteous Among the Nations,” Israel’s highest honor given to non-Jews who risked their own lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
The media circus started that day, as Edmonds became one of only a very few Americans to be so honored by Yad Vashem. Chris was immediately bombarded by media requests, the honoring ceremony happened on January 27 (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in 2016, Chris was invited to share his dad’s story at AIPAC 2016, and attempts to garner a Congressional Medal of Honor ensued. Most recently, a movie has been produced about Edmonds’ heroism. Indeed, it is a very fascinating story.
AISH.com just released the 2-minute version (below) of the story. Click the links above to hear more of the fascinating story! (My favorite is the AIPAC 2016 video!) Enjoy!