-- The Event Will Include a Candle-Lighting Ceremony with Holocaust Survivors, Escorted and Introduced by Queens College Students Who Have Pledged to Combat Anti-Semitism --
A presentation of the college’s Center for Jewish Studies Jewish
Lecture Series and Sinai Chapels of Fresh Meadows, Queens, to
commemorate Kristallnacht, and recommit to combating anti-Semitism
and hatred. Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger will present the keynote
address, “Against All Odds Change is Possible: A Personal Journey.”
The program will also include a candle-lighting ceremony with six
Holocaust Survivors (or their children) escorted by student fellows
from the college’s Center for Ethnic, Racial, and Religious
Understanding, each of whom makes a commitment to combat anti
Semitism and hatred after introducing a Survivor. In addition, there
will be a multicultural invocation and audiovisual and musical
LeFrak Concert Hall, Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2–4 pm
In aiming to be the premier community resource for Jewish intellectual endeavor in the Queens–Long Island area, the Center for Jewish Studies
at Queens College has become one of the best-known in the country. Through its outreach and research exploring the more than three millennia of Jewish civilization, the center bridges QC’s academic Jewish studies program and the community. Its attractive educational and spirited cultural programs on campus—lectures, symposia, conferences, film festivals, and artistic performances—are all open to the public.
Dr. Bernd Wollschlaeger is an award-winning physician in Aventura, FL. He is the author of several books, including A German Life: Against All Odds Change is Possible, an autobiography in which he describes his struggle growing up in the shadow of his father, a highly decorated Nazi officer. Eventually young Wollschlaeger would convert to Judaism, immigrate to Israel—where he completed his medical education—and serve in the Israel Defense Forces as a medical officer.
Sinai Chapels of Fresh Meadows, Queens, is a funeral home serving New York’s Jewish Community for four generations. It is owned and operated by Michel Resnick and his family. The Resnick family and Sinai Chapels are proud to support the Jewish Studies Program at Queens College and this special Kristallnacht commemoration.