Brooklynites gathered in Flatlands for a “Night of Remembrance” on May 30, listening to the heart-wrenching stories of Holocaust survivors.
Hosted by the Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project, the ceremony brought together 140 Kings County residents of all faiths for a solemn night of reflection, said the group’s leader, who organized the event at 1894 Flatbush Ave.
“It went beautifully,” said Mark Appel. “We only have 40,000 survivors left in New York State, so its important to do things like this, particularly with everything going on today.”
One speaker, Werner Reich, told the audience of his 11-month stay in a Czechoslovakian concentration camp before he was transferred to Auschwitz and eventually liberated by American forces.
Sally Frishberg gave attendees a harrowing account of her two-year hideaway in an attic in Poland as Nazi forces pillaged the country, before she reached a ship to take her to the free shores of the Unites States.
Frishberg offered a story of how, aboard the ship, she found comfort in the arms of a woman she did not know.
“I suddenly realized that somebody cares,” said Frishberg. “She was a black American. I was a child — a European Jew. But there was, I think, this understanding of human need.”
Appel said events like these remind us of our need to understand our common humanity.
“In order to understand how to get along with different communities, we have to be alert to any rhetoric against any community, from Jewish people, gay people, black people, whoever,” he said.
By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:
You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.