Yom HaShoah
The Adams Street Shul

Congregation Agudas Achim Anshei Sfard

Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration - 5767

This event was sponsored by The Adams Street Shul (Newton MA), Congregation Beth El - Atereth Israel (Newton MA), Congregation Shaarei Tefilah (Newton MA), and Young Israel of Brookline (Brookline MA).  It was hosted by Congregation Shaarei Tefillah on 27 Nisan 5767, corresponding with April 15, 2007.  Professor Hans Fisher was the featured speaker.  The organization of the event was led by Jeff Jacoby, Larry Lockerman, David Fisher, and Ronny Drapkin.  Yasher Koach to all who participated and all who attended! 

The Program of the Event
(PDF file, 129 kb)

The six audio files below are separate for convenience,
but should be heard in sequence for coherence.

Welcome and Introductory Remarks (Larry Lockerman)
(4 minutes; MP3 audio file: 1.0 MB)

Three Lives in the Shoah:
One Who Fled, One Who Survived,
And One Who Perished

Hans Fisher was born in Breslau, Germany.  In 1939 he left Germany onthe St. Louis, an ocean liner with nearly one thousand Jewish refugees bound for Cuba.  Upon arrival, the passengers were prevented from disembarking, and the St. Louis was forced to return to Europe.  Hans and his family eventually made their way to the United States during World War II.  He earned a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois, and then had a 52-year career as a professor of nutritional biochemistry at Rutgers University.  Professor Fisher has been very active in the Jewish community, serving as officer or president of several synagogues, and chairing the Education and Shoah committees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Middlesex County, New Jersey.  With his wife Ruth, he translated Mendel Rosenbusch: Tales for Jewish Children, a collection of short stories by Ilse Weber, a gifted writer who dies in Auschwitz.


The One Who Fled  ( Hans Fisher )
(32 minutes; MP3 audio file: 9.2 MB)

The One Who Survived  ( Yehudit Stern Sherman )
(14 minutes; MP3 audio file: 4.2 MB)

The One Who Perished  ( Ilse Weber )
(22 minutes; MP3 audio file: 6.5 MB)


Candle-Lighting Ceremony & Ani Maamin
(3 minutes; MP3 audio file: 0.9 MB)

Keil Malei Rachamim (Cantor Schoenfeld)
(3 minutes; MP3 audio file: 0.9 MB)

Partisan Song:  "Zog Nit Keynmol"
(2 minutes; MP3 audio file: 0.5 MB)

Closing Remarks (Larry Lockerman)
(6 minutes; MP3 audio file: 1.5 MB)


 Professor Fisher's speech was delivered at
Congregation Shaarei Tefillah on April 15, 2007.