April 25, 2017
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -
Keynote speaker S. Mitchell Weitzman, author of “The Rose
Temple,” and his mother Lucia lit candles in memory of those lost.
The Holocaust observance took place at Mount Saint Mary College on
Sunday, April 23.
Victims and survivors of the Holocaust were honored at a
ceremony at Mount Saint Mary College on Sunday, April 23.
Members of the local community joined faculty, students, and
staff at the 17th annual event. About 100 were in attendance.
S. Mitchell Weitzman, author of “The Rose Temple,” was the
event’s keynote speaker. “The Rose Temple” tells the story of his
mother, Lucia Weitzman, who during the Holocaust was placed into
the care of a Polish Catholic couple in a desperate attempt to save
As Weitzman and his mother lit candles at the ceremony, the
flames flickered in memory of those lost.
Later, Dr. David Kennett, president of Mount Saint Mary College,
accepted an award from the Newburgh Jewish Community Center on
behalf of Sr. Peggy Murphy, OP, religious studies professor. Sr.
Murphy, who was at a religious retreat, has aided in the Mount’s
Remembrance Day for many years.
The event was sponsored by the Newburgh Jewish Community Center,
the Jewish Federation of Greater Orange County, and the Mount’s
philosophy and religious studies department.