2005-04-22 / Community

Remembrance Day Set For Ohab Zedek

“The Boys of Buchenwald” – a 46-minute video documentary subtitled “From Darkness into Light”, produced for History Television in Canada and shown on PBS, will be screened at the annual Holocaust Memorial at Congregation Ohab Zedek in Belle Harbor on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. The documentary is about loss, rebirth, friendship and the will to live and features an interview with Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. An exhibit of historic photos from the files of Yad Vashem, Haganah entitled, “Return to Life” will also be on display at the memorial gathering.

The program will commence with a special service in the Main Sanctuary of the Synagogue in memory of the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and will be conducted by Rabbi Emeritus, Dr. Jacob Reiner and Rev. Pinkus Klapholz. Six grandchildren of Holocaust survivors will light six candles in memory of the victims and the Belle Harbor Yeshiva choir will present a selection of appropriate songs.

The guest speakers of the evening will be Johanna Liebman, who will speak of her ordeal as a teenager born in Germany and deported to Vichy France. Liebman escaped to Switzerland with the help of the French Resistance. Ross Radusky, a Belle Harbor student, will report on his recent trip to Poland where he visited Europe’s infamous slaughter sites. The program is open to the public and will be chaired by Max Mermelstein. The congregation is located at 134-01 Rockaway Beach Boulevard.

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