Cedar Village Yom HaShoah Program Features Survivor Dr. Henry Fenichel
Mason, OH: Cedar Village will be hosting a Yom HaShoah educational program on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3pm; this program is open and free to the entire community. Dr. Henry Fenichel will be speaking on behalf of the Center for Holocaust and Humanities Education. Yom HaShoah is the Holocaust Memorial Day, which commemorates the approximately 6 million lives lost in the Holocaust.
Dr. Fenichel is a Holocaust survivor who taught Physics at the University of Cincinnati for 38 years. He was born in The Netherlands in 1938. Shortly after the Nazi rise to power, sensing the danger, Henry’s parents sent a request for their relocation to Palestine where his father’s family resided. After Henry’s father was deported and murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz, Henry and his mother still had no response to their request to immigrate. They then went into hiding. When Henry was four years old, he and his mother’s hiding place was discovered and they were transported, first to Amsterdam and in July 1943, to the Westerbork transit camp. Shortly after arriving, they learned of a prisoner exchange that would allow a select number of Jews to escape to Palestine. Through a miraculous series of events, Henry’s mother was able to get them on the list for “transport 222”. In June 1944, Henry, his mother and 220 other Dutch individuals left Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, eventually arriving to freedom in British Mandate Palestine. Upon arriving in Palestine, Henry was placed in a children’s home. His mother remarried, and with the help of his step-father’s family, came to America in 1953.
After Yom HaShoah, Cedar Village will host a Yom Haatzmaut ‘party’ to celebrate Israeli Independence Day on Thursday, May 12th at 3pm; to complete the celebration, at Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday, May 13th, Cantor Laney Katzew and Claire Lee will present “A Musical Salute to Israel in Song” at 3:00pm.
Cedar Village, located in Mason, Ohio, is a nonprofit continuing care retirement community whose goal it is to make aging an enriching experience. It offers independent and assisted living apartments as well as short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. Specialties include inpatient and outpatient therapy, specialized dementia care, home care services, aquatic therapy and hospice care. More information is available at www.cedarvillage.org or 513-754-3100.
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