With love, Doron Birger

**A Legacy of Love and Resilience: The Story of Trudi Birger and Dental Volunteers for Israel**

In the shadows of unimaginable darkness, emerged a beacon of unwavering love and determination in the form of Trudi Birger, a survivor of the Holocaust. Trudi’s childhood innocence was shattered within the confines of a concentration camp, where amidst the horrors, she made a solemn vow to the heavens above: “If I survive, no child shall endure what I have endured.”

Hand in hand with her mother, Trudi defied all odds and emerged from the ashes of despair with a heart overflowing with compassion. Her remarkable tale of survival, chronicled in “Daughter Gift of Love,” resonated across the globe in over 20 languages, a testament to her indomitable spirit.

Driven by her promise and propelled by a boundless love for humanity, Trudi birger embarked on a mission that would define her legacy. Forty-four years ago, she founded Dental Volunteers for Israel, a humble endeavor with a grand vision – to restore smiles to the faces of impoverished children without access to dental care. In the heart of Jerusalem, DVI’s free clinic became a sanctuary for children of all backgrounds – Jewish, Muslim, immigrants, refugees – offering healing and hope through the selfless service of volunteer dental professionals from around the world.

What began as a singular dream blossomed into a transformative force, extending beyond pediatric care to reach adolescents, Holocaust survivors, Ukrainian refugees, and more. DVI became a nexus of compassion and learning, nurturing the next generation of dental professionals from Hadassah University.

Trudi’s magnetic spirit touched all who crossed her path, inspiring a wave of generosity and goodwill that transcended borders. Her legacy lives on in the smiles restored, a poignant reminder of the inherent goodness in humanity.

For her children, the torchbearers of her legacy, preserving the miracle of Dental Volunteers for Israel is not merely a duty but a sacred calling. In a time of turmoil and uncertainty, where war casts a shadow over the land, the light of DVI shines brighter than ever, offering solace and optimism to thousands in need.

The story of Trudi Birger and Dental Volunteers for Israel is a testament to the enduring power of love, resilience, and the unwavering belief that a single act of kindness can spark a cascade of transformation. May her legacy of compassion and healing continue to illuminate the path for generations to come.