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Holocaust Survivor Pays It Forward In Astronomical Fashion

According to the concept of paying it forward, one good deed should beget another - and so on. In theory, as more folks subscribe to that concept, more good things should happen. While not everyone buys into it, every once in a while something truly amazing comes along that helps to place the concept in a whole new perspective.

This one certainly fits the bill, and we can only hope that it will lead to even more interest in paying it forward.

As the Daily Mail shares, 83-year-old Bernard Darty is a survivor of the Holocaust. He would lose his mother in a Nazi concentration camp when he was just 10-years-old, but he would eventually be rescued by United States soldiers.

Darty obviously never forgot that, and he’s in position to pay it forward in a big way. He recently announced that he would be donating $1 million to hurricane relief efforts and the Wounded Warriors project as a small token of thanks to the GIs that saved him.

“In giving this donation, I want to thank Americans with all my heart for rescuing us during the war. The gratitude I feel to these men is beyond words. They were saviors, doling out sweets to half-starved, war-worn children who had almost given up hope of freedom,” he said. “That is why I want to support American veterans—and why I support America. I hope my donation inspires others to do the same.”

Michael Linnington, CEO of Wounded Warriors, offered up some details on what the amazing social services organization is able to make happen for veterans.

“We serve the most critical needs of our nation's wounded heroes, including those who live with traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder,” he said. “Thanks to generous supporters like Mr. Darty, we provide them crucial support services free of charge, making a tremendous difference in the lives of wounded veterans of this generation and their families.”

In Darty’s world, things are pretty simple. Something remarkable was done for him back in the day, and he’s now in a position to help those in need.

“I will never forget what the Americans did to save us ... Were it not for those soldiers, we would be speaking German in France,” Darty said. “I have had the chance to meet many American people who I am lucky enough to call my friends.”

After he was rescued, he and his father were able to reunite with other family members and put the pieces of their lives back together. Darty would serve some time in the military himself after completing high school, and his family would go on to open up a chain of successful electronics stores in Europe.

The business has been able to expand to the United States, and his family has benefitted quite handsomely.

None of that would ever have been possible without him being rescued by US soldiers. It’s a testament to Darty that he has never lost sight of that, as well as a fantastic example for the rest of us. When good things happen to us, the least we can do is try to make some more good things happen for others.

Source: Daily Mail
Photos: Wounded Warrior Project, Bernard Darty/Google+, MailOnline Screenshot, Bernard Darty/Facebook

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