So sad! Josh Gad has lost his beloved grandfather at the age of 96, but is remembering him in an incredibly touching tribute to a man who survived the Holocaust. Read on for his heartfelt words.
Frozen star Josh Gad has given the most uplifting yet heartbreaking tribute to his grandfather Joseph Greenblatt, who passed away at 96 Jan. 6 of natural causes. He calls his gramps a “superhero” for not only surviving the Holocaust that wiped out his entire family, but overcoming the odds and going on to marry and build a family of his own in New York. See the Book Of Mormon star’s lovely obituary that he posted about such an amazing man!
“Today I said goodbye to my Superhero. My grandfather Joseph Greenblatt succumbed to the wear and tear of 96 years. Born in 1919, he fought through and survived the unthinkable during the Holocaust,” Josh begins in a post on his Instagram account.
“After watching his entire family get slaughtered, he defied pure evil, and survived against all odds to meet my grandmother, another survivor, and build a whole new life in New York. Not only did he build his own family, he lived to see three generations flourish, mature, and give back the love that was so unfairly stripped away from him all those years ago,” he continues.
“In an age where superheroes wear capes, this super human I call my grandfather wore slacks and a blazer and went to work every day to make his living as a tailor. That inauspicious living produced two daughters, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.” Awww.
“He is a testament to persistence and the promise that evil, as hard as it may try, will always be defied by the beauty of life and the light of those who refuse to let darkness define their destinies. His legacy and the legacy of those who died and lived alongside him is now part of history. His story and those like him must never be forgotten, lest we continue down the same paths and forget the lessons that our superheroes sacrificed to teach us. REST IN PEACE.” Wow Josh, what an amazing tribute to an incredible man. We’re so sorry for your loss.
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