Mr. Elias Skovron Donates Historic Letters and Funding to Friends of Cordell Hull
Lana Baker Rossi, President and Kay Elder, Chairman of The Friends of Cordell Hull along with Robin Cooper, Park Manager have the pleasure of receiving a check from a grant established by Mr. Elias Skovron. This is the first of an annual distribution from the Elias Skovron Fund benefiting the Cordell Hull Museum and the Friends of Cordell Hull.
Mr. Skovron, an energetic 97 year old, wished to show his gratitude to Cordell Hull. In 1938, a Jewish boy in Poland who was denied a visa to the U.S. by the consular service was in effect being given a death sentence to the Nazi concentration camps. Elias Skovron's parents, two brothers and other relatives became victims of those camps.
Cordell Hull was contacted through Judge John J. Gore by Elias Skovron's Aunt who lived in Nashville at the time. Cordell Hull was able to grant the immigration visa.
"I was a poor Jewish boy from Poland who was exceedingly fortunate to have perhaps the two most important people on earth who could help me working on my behalf," said Mr. Skovron. "Shortly after the letter came, I was sent to the United States and to my aunt in Nashville. I escaped with my life and have remained profoundly grateful to Judge Gore and Cordell Hull from the day the fateful letter came. Now I want to give something back to help other poor people."
The letters are in a new display at the Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum State Park. Mr. Skovron requested that his gift be focused upon educating the children of Pickett County to the legacy that Cordell Hull established.
For more information about the Park visit the website www.cordellhullmuseum.com home page.
For More Information Call:
Cordell Hull Birthplace
and Museum State Park