Cambridge's Annual Holocaust Commemoration


4/5/2013

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Cambridge’s Annual Holocaust Commemoration Thursday Apr. 11, 7-9 p.m.
Temple Beth Shalom, 8 Tremont St., Cambridge

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Recalling all who perished during the Holocaust, this year’s program features an evening of music, candle lighting, and remembrance. Featured Speaker is Mr. Edgar Krása. Music will be provided by cellist Shaheen Lavie-Rouse, the Cambridge Community Chorus and the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School Vocal Ensemble and Chorus. The program is free, open to all, and wheelchair accessible. It welcomes all communities of Cambridge – including children and adults and people of all faiths and traditions.

Edgar Krása was born in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia, and in 1933 his family moved to Prague. In the late 1930s after the institution of anti-Semitic legislation, Krása needed to learn a trade and became an apprentice chef and remained in Prague after the outbreak of World War II. In 1941 he was sent in the Theresienstadt ghetto, and was responsible for setting up the kitchens and training workers to staff them. He roomed with Raphael Schächter, a pianist and choral conductor who kept up the morale of the other workers by leading them in Czech choral music in the evenings, including several operas and numerous performances of Verdi's Requiem. Krása participated in all sixteen performances of the mass, singing bass in the chorus. On September 26, 1944, Krása was deported to Auschwitz and then to the Gleiwitz labor camp, where he worked as a welder. When the camp was evacuated on January 19, 1945, Krása was put on a forced march, from which he escaped three days later. He hid in a ditch, and the following day was liberated by Soviet troops. On May 8, Krása returned to Prague and then proceeded to Theresienstadt, where he was reunited with his parents. Together they went back to Prague, where Krása met and later married Hana Fuchs, a fellow survivor from Prague.

For more information, visit the Cambridge Peace Commission website or call 617-349-4964.

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