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Press Release: Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 22

From Alejandro Soto-Vigil, Office of Councilmember Kriss Worthington
Friday April 06, 2012 - 01:56:00 PM

The City of Berkeley will sponsor the 10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event this year with special guests Robert Pave and Cecilia Sasana as Survivor Honorees, and Martha Fuchs author of recently published book. Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter’s Tribute. Musical performance by Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak, Cantor Linda Hirschhorn, and Kol Hadov. The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life at 2121 Allston Way will host the event on Sunday, April 22 at 12 noon.  

The theme, established by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., is “Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue." Observances of Holocaust Remembrance Day will take place across the country during the week of April 15-22nd with candle lightings, speakers and readings. Berkeley's program is honored to have the participation of two distinguished survivors this year.
Robert M. Pave was born on August 3, 1929 in Warsaw, Poland. After spending his first 5 years in the Nazi concentration camps, he emigrated to the United States. Mr. Pave served in the Marine Corps from 1956 to 1958. Mr. Pave is married to Inger, and they have 2 adult sons, both in the computer field.
Nelly Cesana was 4 years old when she went to live in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1939. But even as a child, she was aware of her perilous existence. While in the Warsaw Ghetto, she survived typhus and malnutrition. Cesana and her mother worked as farm laborers until they were liberated in 1945.
Marta Fuchs was born in Hungary from parents who survived the Holocaust. Her writing focuses on the aftermath of the Holocaust in her amazing book, Legacy of Rescue: A Daughter's Tribute.
Musical performances: Cellist Isaac Pastor-Chermak pursues an eclectic variety of musical endeavors, ranging from baroque cello and viola da gamba to the most experimental of contemporary compositions. Cantor Linda Hirschhorn has been performing around the world for over 40 years. She has 8 recordings of original songs - with the Jewish Women’s acapella quartet Vocolot. Kol Hadov is a UC Berkeley student led acapella group.
Contact Information:
Rita Clancy, Jewish Family & Children Services (925) 927-2000
Linda Hirschhorn (510) 654-0799
Marta Fuchs (415)409-3739
Kriss Worthington, Berkeley City Council (510) 981-7170
Susan Wengraf, Berkeley City Council (510) 981-7160