Six yahrzeit candles were lit at the Greater Five Towns Community Yom Hashoah commemoration on April 11 — one candle for each of the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust.
Child survivor Israel Starck, author and lecturer (pictured right), delivered the keynote address.
He said that even though the Nazis removed his physical tefillin, he emerged with his commitment to Hashem and to Judaism intact because he never lost “the spiritual tefillin that my father left me.”
“The fact that we have today bais Yaacovs, talmud Torahs and day schools” is proof that the mesorah that was handed down to us will continue, he said.
“The survivors of the generation of the Shoah went on to become an incredible generation,” said Dana Frenkel, who co-chaired the event with Nathaniel Rogoff. “The survivors didn’t simply not die, they lived.”