Fund-raiser recalls era of the Holocaust

ASBURY PARK PRESS

By ROBIN KEATS
CORRESPONDENT

MANALAPAN – This week marks the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the 1938 attack by Nazis upon the Jews that is widely considered the presage to the Holocàust.

Last night, many of New Jersey’s political, business, religious and civic leaders recalled the era of the Holocaust at a testimonial dinner and tribute to Howard M. Schoor by the Center for Holocaust Studies at Brookdale Community College.

The evening was also a fundraiser for the Holocaust center’s various programs.

Center officials said they expected to raise about $100,000.

The event, held at the Excelsior banquet hail, honored Schoor’s commitment and contributions to the Holocaust center.

“Howard Schoor. is one of the extraordinary, quiet leaders in our Jewish community who has never sought recognition and is a man who lives by his actions,” said David Nussb~um, executive threetor of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth County.

Schoor, a Colts Neck resident, is the founder of the engineering and design firm Schoor DePalma and is founder and principal of SGS Communities, a residential construction company.

He is also the chairman of Community Bank of New Jersey.

“I went to Vad Yashern (the Israeli memorial to the Ho]ocaust) in 1978, to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., shortly after it opened and, recently, to the Museum of Jewish Heritage in New York,” Schoor said.

“And I came away with the overriding thoughts of ‘How could the Holocaust have happened and where was America while it was taking place?’”

Schoor said he believes these questions should never have to be asked again.

“It doesn’t matter if it is the persecution of blacks or whites or any race or Jews, Christians or Muslims. No ethnic cleansing anywhere! We need to stand up against such things, whether they are in Kosovo or East Timor,” he said.

“It’s essential that we remember the tragedy of the Holocaust, but what is distinctive about the Holocaust center at Brookdale is that it applies the lessons learned from it to America’s past and present,” said state Sen. Joseph M. Kyrifios Jr., R-Monmouth, one of the evening’s featured speakers.

Money raised at last night’s event wifi be used to help send four American teachers each year to Vad Yashem, where they wifi learn to teach about the Holocaust tostudents in the United States.

Funds also will be used to underwrite the Howard Schoor Film Series.

Four films, most likely including “Farewell: The Last Jews of Corfu,” about the decimation of 90 percent of Greece’s Jewish popula-. tion by Nazi Germany, will be presented at the center at Brookdale next year.

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