A heroic history
December 28, 2011 by Al Kastner
|Al Kastner, left, with IRC president George Rupp at the IRC's headquarters office in New York. Photo: IRC|
NEW YORK -
Despite dramatic changes in the world since the IRC’s founding in 1933, one reality remains unchanged: refugees around the world still need our help.
As one who personally knew many of the IRC’s key figures of the 1930s and 1940s — men and women of conscience and courage — I can easily see the parallel between our current work and our early efforts assisting people targeted by the Nazis. We continue helping uprooted people in some of the world’s most dangerous places, and we still aid refugees who are admitted to the United States.
From my ongoing involvement with the IRC, I can assure you that the organization of today exemplifies the same spirit of courage, action and selflessness that has been a hallmark of our work since our founding.
To every crisis, we bring years of expertise we’ve gained helping people during conflicts spanning World War II, the Cold War, Vietnam, the Rwandan genocide, the crisis in Kosovo, and the most recent war in Iraq, just to name a few.
Throughout these challenging times, the IRC has never lost its focus on leading families from harm to home.
Al Kastner, who served as a U.S. Navy officer in World War II, is the International Rescue Commitee’s resident historian and archivist. He joined the IRC in 1967 and now volunteers his time as a member of the Board of Overseers.
Your generous donation today will keep the spirit of our work alive and will help refugees in their time of greatest need. Right now, special friends of the IRC will match your donation dollar-for-dollar up to $1.7 million until December 31.
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