Happy 80th Josef!

Some particularly special messages can be found on this page here.

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For my amazing dad, who always had ‘a word’ to heaven to make sure that our birthdays were sunny (and they were, unfailingly) I wish you many more birthdays and un-birthdays full of sunshine. Love always,
Frances and Albert xxx

Dear Mr Perl, Just wanted to wish you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY on the occasion of your 80th birthday. What a wonderful achievement and to think of how much knowledge and joy you have shared with so many people. Hope that you have a truly fantastic day and God Bless for many more.
Lots of love,

To our incredible Zeida, who makes us more and more proud every single day.
Love you more,
Ben and Ella xxx

Dear brother-in law Joe, I am so looking forward to being with you to celebrate you 80th birthday. It will be such a special day for you, Sylvia, Mark, Frances and all the family. I wish you health and happiness in the years to come.
Love from Betty

Dearest Josef

Happy happy eightieth birthday! Congratulations for all you have achieved thus far and know how blessed we feel to be a part of your amazing family.

Warmest regards

Stacey and Mark Jeoffreys

Mr. Perl,

The very man I cannot wait to meet!
Wishing you a very happy 80th Birthday.
What an inspiring life you have led thus far.
Until then.. All my love.

To Uncle Joe,

Although I have had the privelege of meeting with you on only a handful of occasions, I have been left with an indelible mark (no, not your son) on the meaning of your life’s important work. Despite my difficulty in understanding English as it is spoken on the other side of the pond, I was always honored to be in your presence and impressed by the courage you mustered in order to share your horrific experiences with others. You were then able to reap the ultimate revenge on those who tried to completely destroy your family with the restoration of a special Torah. “Whoever honors the Torah is himself honored by people”.

It is therefore befitting that you are honored on the special occasion of your 80th birthday. “a forty year old attains understanding; a fifty year old can offer counsel; a sixty year old attains understanding; a seventy year old attains a ripe old age; an eighty year old shows strength”. Bis a hindred und tvanzig.

I travelled to Israel in 1979 to see your father, my only surviving grandparent. “Ripe old age is a crown of splendor, it can be found in the path of righteousness.” He was a pious soul, and it was readily apparent that he was revered by those around him. He passed this crown to you.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יְהוָה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ
יָאֵר יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ
יִשָּׂא יְהוָה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם

Best wishes on this special day. I am sorry that I cannot be there to share it with you.
Love, Zev


I hope you all have a wonderful celebration. I wish you a very happy 80th birthday with all your family and hope you will continue to tell your story for many years to come.
Mark, You and Frances have an exceptional father but of course you know that. I remember being so thrilled when I heard him broadcasting for the first time.

Love to you, Joe, to Sylvia and all the family,
from Hilary Myers

Joe, wishing you wonderful birthday celebrations and best wishes for many more healthy and happy years ahead. And to Sylvia & Joe, we send you both all our love.
Ada & Abe Newman – Cape Town

Dear Joe
Along with Gabi and Richard I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy Birthday. You are an extraordinary man and you inspire all those who meet you. We wish you much health and happiness for the future.
With Much love from Paula, Gabi and Richard

We’ve known you Joe since you were a young refugee and we really admire how you overcame your hardships and went on to become not only a business success along with your wonderful wife, but also a great family man. Your tremendous work across the country lecturing at schools about the holocaust has made a profound effect on countless children who in turn, we are sure, will pass on their knowledge to future generations. But above all this we feel privileged to have you as a friend.
With love from Julie and Joe

Dear Joe

Mazel Tov on your 80th birthday and many more of them.

Love Us

Hi Uncle Joe, best wishes for a wonderful 80th from across the pond in Vancouver, I am so proud of your achievements with all your Holocaust work over the years.Lots of love from Karen.
Karen Gordon

Wishing you a very happy special birthday. Remembering such happy Seder nights together and many happy times.
With love from Zena & Sam, Lise & Roger with Robert, Amy, Adam and Gabrielle, Alison & Andrew with Benjamin, Danielle, Joshua & Esther and Sophie

Wishing you a VERY happy 80th birthday, Josef! With much love and respect from Eleanor xx
I hope you have a lovely extended celebration!
Eleanor Purdue

Dear Joe, Happy 80th Birthday. Thank you for providing me with so much inspiration over the past ten years. Please be assured you and Sylvia will provide me with inspiration for many years to come. Have a wonderful day with your beautiful family. Best wishes,
Charlotte Jones

Happy birthday Mr Perl senior. You have a son you must be justifiably proud of.
Will Kintish

My very best wishes on this a milestone birthday date in a most interesting life. Not everyone can boast a busy life as you have. I am proud to be able to say happy birthday to my friend Joe Perl & still many more in good health from Dan. Also comes good birthday wishes from Dee.

A very special happy 80th Birthday to my darling Uncle Joe!

You have so much to be proud of and I am very very proud to be your niece.

G-d often behaves in strange ways but He definitely knew what he was doing when he chose YOU…
I’ll be thinking of you with all my heart on Friday night when I light the Sabbath candles with Michael and Dahlia.
Olivia, Anthony and darling Elliott are stuck in Israel (there are worse places to be stuck!) because of some volcano,
but I know they will join me in sending you all our love and kisses on this very special day!

lots of hugs and kisses,
Kate & Kids & grand- Kid x x x x x x (a big kiss from each one of us!)

Our best wishes to you on your birthday
from Sandra and Stanley Miller

Much love and a Happy Birthday to you Joe.
From Moira Winslow

Dear Mr Perl,

This is a message from a long time buddy of Mark. He has spoken of you with both admiration and humour over the years! For my part none of us will ever really know what you endured in the war years, but we admire your fortitude for delivering the message to many through various organisations time & time again. It cannot be easy as each time you speak of it, it must take you through the memory. It takes courage to do that several times. On a happier note your survival means we have been entertained on many occasions by Mark’s unparallelled sense of humour and perspective on life and for that we are grateful. May you have many more celebrations of life beyond this 80th, as not many on this earth will appreciate to the same extent as you what a precious gift life is.

Best wishes from
Clive Levy

Many, Many best wishes for your birthday.
With love from
Alex and Eileen Ward

Dear Josef,
Warmest greetings for your 80th birthday!
To be counted among your friends is a great privilege and blessing for us and we so much appreciate your kindness. G-d bless you abundantly and keep you in His loving care.
Shabbat Shalom!
With all our Sisters in Germany, Israel and around the world,
Sister Thekla, Sister Glory and Sister Liliane

Dear Joe,

Wishing you a very Happy 80th Birthday. You have achieved a great deal over these years and I know that your work has been an inspiration to so many people.
May you continue to enjoy many more happy & healthy years with your family.

Caron Flansberg

Hi Uncle Joe

Well it’s another birthday and another trip to the Shul. Happy 80th Birthday.

After all your amazing talks you have given in the schools, maybe it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy a whisky or two (I can help with the whisky).

We look forward to joining you to celebrate a wonderful life full of highlights and tragedies.

You must be important as even Chelsea has moved their home game to Sunday so I can join you for lunch!

With all our love

Simon, Roma Sophie and Rachel x

Dearest Joe

Congratulations, what a wonderful milestone to reach!
Happy 80th Birthday
Our thoughts and love are with you on this very special day

Wendy, Ray, Amy and Hannah

Dear Joe

Thank you for your tireless hard work and dedication in promoting Holocaust education by speaking in schools across the country and reaching thousands of students. We at the Trust are so grateful for all you have done. Wishing you a very happy 80th Birthday – bis hundert und zwanzig!
Karen and the HET Team

Dear Joe
Wishing you a huge mazel tov on your milestone birthday.
Hoping you have a wonderful time over the weekend.
With love from

Deborah (Myers) Kay

Dear Josef,

In this imperfect world, you may never receive the true honour that is due to you; but in our hearts we honour you. To know you is an inspiration and this is what makes you and the work to which you are so passionately and tirelessly committed – imperishable.

Happy Birthday Josef and may you share many. many more years of good health and happiness together with your beloved wife Sylvia surrounded by those you love and who love you.
Myrna, Ronnie and Samantha

Dear Josef
Wishing you mazeltov on this special birthday – you are an inspiration to us all. May you be blessed with good health for many many years to come.
With much love
Lynne, Oli and Benji Misner

Dear Josef,

Our whole family wishes you a very happy birthday. You are a truly remarkable man and a real gentleman.

With all good wishes,
Lee, Jeremy, Josh and Samantha

Many Happy Returns Joe

Have a great weekend and I hope you get to meet up with many friends and family.

The photo I have attached was taken at Mum and Dad’s Golden Wedding Party last year.

I hope to catch up with you at many Simchas in the future.

Murray (Dworkin)

Dear Joe,

Heartiest Mazal Tov on reaching this milestone 80th birthday. May you continue to enjoy many more birthdays in good health together with Sylvia and your lovely family.

Mala Tribich

Dear Josef

Wishing you a very happy 80th birthday with many many more to come. We feel privileged to be included in your birthday wishes website.

All our fondest love
Alison, Adrian, Louise, Natasha and Mitchell Cohen

Dear Josef – I wish you wish you well – many more years to continue to demonstrate resilience and dignity. I remember you well and you and your family are frequently in my thoughts. I send you my love and gratitude for who you are and what you have overcome
Helen Bamber

Joe, I do hope you had a wonderful birthday
Best wishes, Laurence Rees

Dear Josef

I have known Mark for over 15 years many of which was spent watching him glow and grow in South Africa. In all those years Mark illustrated only the deepest affection and respect for his father. Mazaltov on this your 80th. May you have only peace, love and joy with your family for years to come Kind Regards

Happy 80th birthday Jo. You are truly inspirational and it has been a pleasure and an honour to be a small part of your life.

Best wishes
Tom jackson

Dear Josef Perl
I would just like to thank you from the bottom of my heart, for being a huge inspiration to me, and you and your story will stay with me forever. I recently went on a school trip to Poland, and I visited Auschwitz. Just like you and your story did, it changed me. It has completley changed the way I look at things, the way I look at life. I can’t even begin to imagine, what your life as a child was like, but it has made me appreciate everything I have. That trip changed me, and so did you, so I thank you for that.

I would also like to wish you a very Happy 80th Birthday (sorry its late) and I promise to never to forget you, or your story. I feel honoured to have met you, and you will stay with me forever.

Thank you

Becky Hagart

Dear Mr. Perl,

Al and I would like to join your family and friends in congratulating you on your 80th birthday and wishing you continued good health and longevity.

I think we only met once or twice but we have known Frances for over twenty years and we love her and her family and value her friendship very much. She has told us a lot about you over that time, your story is most impressive and inspiring.

May you have many more good years of contentment among your loved ones.
Sincere good wishes, and mazel tov!

Eve and Albert Salinas

Mazal Tov Joe.

Happy Birthday wishes to a special, life-long friend.

Sydney & Sylvia – Jeff & Andrea – Larry & Beth – New York

Dear Mr Perl
Wishing you a very Happy 80th Birthday, although we have not yet met I have heard so many great things about you over the years from my very special friend Mark.
Much success in your great achievments, enjoy the year ahead.
With best wishes Nicky Malan

Josef Perl's book,
Faces in the Smoke

A letter from Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks.