A cup that runneth over

A cup that runneth over

I was struck once again, reading a front-page story in this morning’s Times, by how much Holocaust survivors have changed the world – in both large and little ways.

The story was an obit for 87-year-old Leslie Buck (born Laszlo Büch in Khust, then in Czechoslovakia but now in Ukraine). “His parents,” the Times reported, “were killed by the Nazis during World War II; Laszlo himself survived Auschwitz and Buchenwald.”

Why did this survivor make the Times’ front page? Because he created the Anthora, New York’s ubiquitous paper coffee-cup (used also for tea) to go. (“‘Anthora,'” the Times reported, “comes from ‘amphora,’ as filtered through Mr. Buck’s Eastern European accent, his son said.” A touching and true-to-life comment, as anyone who had an immigrant parent knows.)

The story is a hymn to a New York icon – but it also shines a warm and friendly light on one man’s life and achievements.