Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Milton Kramer Sings for the 6th Lubavitcher Rebbe

Milton Kramer, 99, OBM

Milton (Yechiel Michel) Kramer, blessed by the Previous Rebbe , Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok, with long life, passed away this week at age 99. His family was instrumental in establishing Chabad-Lubavitch in America, in saving the Previous Rebbe from the Nazis, and in acquiring the building at 770 Eastern Parkway to be Lubavitch World Headquarters.

Kramer was privileged to have attended a Farbrengen during the Previous Rebbe’s visit to America in 1930. As a young boy of 10 at the time, he merited to sing at the farewell Melava Malka in his uncle’s home.

Several years ago, as part of the My Encounter with the Rebbe project, Kramer reminisced about this event.

“My uncle, Sam Kramer, was a camera buff and he took pictures, silent movies and those are the movies that we turned over to Lubavitch, and they’re part of the record. I was actually ten years old,” Milton reminisced. “My father gave me a nudge, he said ‘Michel’e zing, zing, zing,’ and that’s what happened...”

Following his family’s storied tradition of recording history and in establishing the historic record, Milton was also instrumental in the release of his uncle’s historic films of the Previous Rebbe in one of JEM’s earliest productions, “America is No Different.”

May his memory be for a blessing.

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