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INTERVIEWS WITH GREENBURGH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS TO BE SHOWN ON LOCAL ACCESS TV SATURDAY APRIL 26 AT 8
Release Date: April 22, 2014

NATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY IS MONDAY APRIL 28
GREENBURGH TO AIR INTERVIEWS WITH HOLOCAUST AND CONCENTRATION CAMP SURVIVORS ON PUBLIC ACCESS TV NON STOP FROM SATURDAY NIGHT APRIL 26 AT 8 PM TO MONDAY NIGHT, APRIL 28 AT 8 PM
ON  LOCAL CHANNELS 75 CABLEVISION AND 34, VERIZON FIOS  IN GREENBURGH
 
VIDEO INTERVIEWS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS SHOULD BE SHOWN ANNUALLY ON HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY SO PEOPLE WILL NEVER FORGET
 
I would like to advise you that the town of Greenburgh is doing something special this Holocaust Remembrance Day.
We have encouraged residents  to create a holocaust remembrance video with holocaust survivors who live within the town of Greenburgh. During the past year Alan Hochberg, a Greenburgh resident and former executive director of the Scarsdale SynagogueTemples Tremont and Emanuel interviewed some holocaust survivors. He was assisted by Mona Fraitag, co-President of the Poet’s Corner Civic Association and by Monica Gordon of Hartsdale who is active in Holocaust Museums and whose father was a survivor. In addition, Judith & Lowell Pollock , former educators, were instrucmental in preparing these videos. George Malone and Janelle Wallace of the Greenburgh Public Access directed and edited the interviews.
The interviews will be aired on our local public access TV stations from Saturday night  April 26 to Monday night, April 28th (the Day of Remembrance).  The interviews will be aired from 8 PM Saturday night to 8 PM Monday night.   Our public access channel-can only be seen in Greenburgh is: Channel 75 on Cablevision and 34 on Verizon FiOS).
 
The holocaust survivors  who were part of the interview: “ Then, Now and Never Again”-Lessons Learned from the Holocaust” are:

> 1) Marlies Wolf Plotnik
> 2) Gerda Lederer
> 3) Miriam Spitzer, Leah Spitzer and Mira Svechenski

> Intro & Outro Music Pianist - Lowell Pollack

>I would like to recommend that next year a county –wide video featuring holocaust survivors from Westchester be created –and that every local government in Westchester be asked to air the interviews non stop during Holocaust Remembrance Day.
We must never forget!   As we remember the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah, defamed, demonized and dehumanized, as prologue or justification for genocide, we have to understand that the mass murder of six million Jews and millions of non Jews is more than statistics –every person had a name. An identify. As others have so eloquently stated – every person is a universe.
To our non Jewish neighbors—we must remind everyone that the world continues to show an indifference and inaction to the unthinkable---in recent years we have seen ethnic cleansings in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, horrors in Syria, in Africa and in Asia.  Genocide continues…. You’ll find recent examples of genocide in Burma. The Central African Republic. Against the Somali people in Kenya. Other places around the world. This is unspeakable. Because genocide is and was preventable. The world has ignored the lessons of history.  
Edmund Burke once said the “surest way to ensure that evil will triumph in the world is for enough good people to do nothing.”  Indifference and inaction means that we are coming down on the side of the victimer, not on the side of the victim.
 
BESIDES TELEVISING THE INTERVIEWS  the Town Board is considering the creation of a  Town wide Human Rights Commission. We are working with the county commission to see how we can complement their work.  At an upcoming Town Board work session we will invite a representative of the Yonkers Human rights Commission to discuss the successes of the Yonkers commission and how their program works.
 
PAUL FEINER

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