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Mount observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

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 her.

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.