“Hate is nothing and love is everything. This is my signature. Hate is nothing and love is everything. You know after all those years I forgive and when I forgive I started to love and my whole outlook on life has changed. There is no room for hate.” – Henry Golde
Henry Golde is an author and childhood survivor of the Holocaust. He has written about his experiences in his book Ragdolls. At the age of 11, Golde was taken from his home and spent the next five years in nine different Nazi concentration camps. He survived starvation, typhoid fever, and a two-week death march to Czechoslovakia. He lost his entire family in the war. Later, he immigrated to the United States and made Wisconsin his home. Golde spent many years delivering inspiring lectures and educating youth about his experiences. In 2008, he received an award for Outstanding Educator of the Year from the Wisconsin State Human Relations Association.
Even though Golde has experienced unspeakable events in his life, he has always found a way to maintain a positive attitude and seek out joy. One thing that brings him immense joy is soccer. He recalls playing goalie and loves revisiting those memories. When Golde’s hospice care team learned of his love for soccer, they knew they needed to find a way to bring soccer into his life again.
AseraCare Volunteer Coordinator, Alison Holbrook, reached out to the Green Bay Glory Women’s Soccer team and they were more than happy to help make it happen. On May 6, the day after Henry’s 90th birthday, AseraCare and the Green Bay Glory treated him to a day full of soccer-related experiences which will include teaching him how to use an adaptive soccer ball, made for people who use a wheelchair to move the soccer ball using their bodies. They also joined in a special birthday celebration. Everyone was very excited to bring joy and memories to this well-deserving man.