In a 1991 radio interview, author and 1986 Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel discussed his rescue from the Buchenwald concentration camp in 1945. “I will always remember with love a big black soldier. He was crying like a child–tears of all the pain in the world and all the rage. Everyone who was there that day will forever feel a sentiment of gratitude to the American soldiers who liberated us.” This Sunday, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives will unveil a new photo exhibit on the soldiers — mostly aged 19 to 25 — who saved Jews and others from the Holocaust. The opening event will feature speeches from Irving Roth, who survived Dachau, and Rick Carrier, who helped liberate Buchenwald.

Details: Their Brother’s Keepers: American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camps, The Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, unveiling on October 13th, 1 pm, free. Exhibit will run indefinitely.

 Photo by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

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Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish native of Christian heritage, is credited with saving the lives of roughly 100,000 Hungarian Jews during World War II. The Queens Jewish Community Council, The Young Israel of Hillcrest and The Raoul Wallenberg Centennial Commission will host a special recognition and appreciation event honoring him on the occasion of his centennial birthday. Attendees will include representatives from the Israeli, Hungarian and Swedish Consulates, prominent elected officials, Jewish clergy and lay leaders, Holocaust survivors and their families.
Young Israel of Hillcrest, 169-07 Jewel Ave., Hillcrest
Sunday, November 25
2pm – 4 pm |  FREE


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We heard about this story on the NY Daily News – Morris Sorid, aged 102 and a Holocaust and cancer survivor, also made it through Hurricane Sandy in one piece. He was living in an assisted living facility in Atlantic Beach, just over the Atlantic Beach Bridge from Far Rockaway, Queens, and was evacuated as part of a “mass emergency exodus” as the storm approached. He is currently residing in the basement library of the New Hempstead retirement home in Kew Gardens, Queens.