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Holocaust Survivor Addresses Two N.J. Communities

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Holocaust survivor, author, educator and community leader, Fanya Heller, addressed two Holocaust Remembrance Week events in New Jersey as the keynote speaker on April 17 and April 19. At the first, Mayor Mark Smith and the city of Bayonne hosted the annual Holocaust Remembrance Service, organized by the UJA Federation of Bayonne, the Interfaith Clergy of Bayonne and the local Holocaust Memorial Committee.

The second took place at the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades of Tenafly, and included a candle lighting ceremony by survivors and their families representing local synagogues.

At 87 years-old, Heller continues engaging various communities on her unimaginable experiences being hidden during the Holocaust and feels that “with the survivor population growing older, with most in their 70s, 80s and beyond, there is an urgent need to record the events of that most tragic period in our history.”

Heller was hidden from the Nazi death squads through the kindness of two Christian rescuers, a Polish peasant and a Ukrainian militiaman. For more than two and a half years, she, along with her parents and younger brother, remained in a crouching position in a cave underneath a chicken coop to ensure their safety.

“What motivates me to tell my story when there are the stories of so many others who endured the Holocaust?” Heller asked during her talks. “It would bother me even more if my story was not heard. It would bother me even more if the stories of all those others who also suffered were not heard, because these stories are not meant just to make you shudder in fear and horror. They are meant to teach you, the listener, how quickly unheard cries for help can turn into the need to stand up in the face of evil and to elicit our potential for goodness.”

Twenty-Third Annual Holocaust Memorial In Brooklyn

Wednesday, June 20th, 2007

         Last Sunday the Holocaust Memorial Committee, located in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn held it’s 23rd annual Holocaust memorial gathering.

 

         The moving and emotional event was attended by over 1,000 people from all over the metropolitan area. They were greeted by politicians who have been strong supporters of the Holocaust Committee over the many years that the gatherings have been taking place.

 

         Among those that were in attendance were Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Councilman Michael Nelson and this year’s keynote speaker Congressman Jerry Nadler. This year, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the reunification of the holy city of Jerusalem in 1967, a special exhibit was displayed that included art posters, photographs and newspaper accounts of the Six Day War. Mr. Ira Bielus, founder of the Holocaust Memorial Committee, read aloud the famous ‘Letter to the World From Jerusalem’.  The letter, widely published after the 6 Day War, proclaims that the Jewish right to Jerusalem is a fact and the world has no right challenge it. 

 

 


Students lighting candle in memory of Prof. Lebresco at the Holocaust Memorial gathering in Manhattan Beach.

 

 

         Manhattan Beach is a neighborhood that is becoming home to more and more immigrants every year. This year, the Holocaust Memorial Committee recognized that it was 40 years ago that the struggle to save Soviet Jewry began, for with the closing of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Israel, so too was the door to emigration closed to Jews who wanted to leave the Soviet Union.

 

         During the candle lighting ceremony a special tribute was given to Professor Liviu Libresci, z”l, a Holocaust survivor who sacrificed himself to save his students during the massacre at Virginia Tech in April.

 


Attendees examining models of concentration camps done as part of an educational project sponsored by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.  


(Photos by Shmuel Ben Eliezer)

 

 

         As always, the highlight of the program was the awarding of the Steven Cymbrowitz/HMC/Lena Cymbrowitz Foundation/David S. Sterner and Slyvia Steiner Charitable Trust Essay, Poetry and Art Contest, which was open to students from all over the Brooklyn area. This program has seen increasing participation every year, fuelling the hope that through Holocaust education and awareness, hatred of others can be stamped out in future generations.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/community/twenty-third-annual-holocaust-memorial-in-brooklyn/2007/06/20/

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