Survivor to speak at Yom HaShoah commemoration

Holocaust survivor Eric Blaustein is to speak at the community Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Yom HaShoah, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center, 6255 N. Santa Monica Blvd.

The JCC is holding the event in partnership with the Nathan and Esther Pelz Holocaust Education Resource Center of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation

Eric Blaustein

Blaustein’s father and many others were sent to concentration camps in connection with the Night of Broken Glass, Nov. 9, 1938 – Kristallnacht. Blaustein avoided the Nazis until late in 1944, just months before the end of the war. But at 17 he was sent to Buchenwald, where he survived until American forces arrived.

There is no charge to attend. During the commemoration ceremony, Beth Feest will be recognized as Holocaust Education Honoree. Also, student winners will be announced for the Holocaust Writing and Art Contest, sponsored by the Habush Family Foundation.