POUGHKEEPSIE (April 23, 2014) – The Twenty-Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony will take place on Thursday, April 24th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Nelly Goletti Theatre. The event will feature speaker Jean Malkischer, a survivor of two of the Holocaust's most devastating concentration camps. Also included will be student readings, a candle-lighting ceremony, and a choral performance by the Marist College Chamber Singers.
Twenty-Fourth Annual Holocaust Remembrance CeremonyThursday, April 24, 7:00 p.m.Nelly Goletti Theatre, Marist College
Jean Malkischer, a resident of Hopewell Junction, New York, was born in Austria. Her family tried to flee to Switzerland after the annexation of Austria by Germany in 1938, but was turned away at the border. In August 1942, they were sent to Theresienstadt in what is now the Czech Republic, before being transported to Auschwitz in Poland in September 1944. In November of that year, Malkischer and her sister were transferred to the Dresden area in Germany to work in forced labor in a munitions factory. As Soviet army units advanced, Malkischer and her sister were put onto open coal cars to go back to Theresienstadt, but the train was abandoned. She was reunited with her mother and immigrated to the United States in 1951.