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Holocaust Remembrance Day Yom HaShoah – Rededication to Resiliency

Monday, June 18, 2018

Mayor Gary Christenson was honored to take part in this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day Yom Hashoah, an annual observation that takes place around the world to honor the memory of the six million Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. This year’s theme “Rededication to Resiliency” reflected the refurbishment of the glass panels of the New England Holocaust Memorial that were vandalized last summer. Also highlighted was the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht, known as the “Night of Broken Glass” which was the orchestrated campaign preceding WWII to wreak havoc with anti-Jewish rioting and violence with the intent of eliminating entire Jewish communities.

Mayor Christenson, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Metan Zamir, Deputy Council General of Israel to New England and Consul General of Germany to New England Ralf Horelmann were among the featured speakers. Several Holocaust Survivors were in attendance including Steve Ross, and Israel and Anna Arbeiter, as were Ellsworth Rosen and Cranston Rogers who helped to liberate concentration camps during World War II. Mayor Christenson spoke about how the criminal act of breaking the glass panels of Boston’s Holocaust Memorial last summer served as a teachable moment in its aftermath. It brought Holocaust Survivor Israel “Izzy” Arbeiter to Malden and into the lives of students as he has visited Malden High School several times to tell his incredible story to hundreds of students. Izzy lost his parents and all but one of his five brothers to the gas chambers during the Holocaust. Mayor Christenson also had the privilege of introducing Esther Adler, a survivor of Kristallnacht, who provided testimony of her family’s terrible ordeal. Esther escaped Germany to Israel before coming to the United States. In 2015, she returned to Poland to film a documentary and speak about the Holocaust to teens to help them learn lessons from the past.

In addition, part of the ceremony was the recognition of two Malden’s High School students who won the Israel Arbeiter Holocaust Essay Contest. Senior Sherley Maximin took first place honors and Junior Joanne Ho took third place for their essays. (To read both winning essays, click below.)

The restoration of panels on the Memorial demonstrates the resilience of the Jewish people and that we must ensure that future generations never forget the unspeakable suffering and loss of life during the Holocaust.

Holocaust Remembrance Day - Yom Hashoah

Holocaust Survivors (from left) Steve Ross, Founder of the N.E. Holocaust Memorial, Anna Arbeiter and Israel Arbeiter

Mayor Christenson lit candles in honor of the Six Million who perished

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh offered remarks

Mayor Christenson and Kristallnacht survivor Esther Adler

Israel Arbeiter Holocaust Essay Contest 1st Place Winner MHS Senior Sherley Maximin, Israel "Izzy" Arbeiter, MHS Junior Joanne Ho, 3rd Place Essay Contest Winner and Mayor Christenson

Israel "Izzy" Arbeiter congratulates Essay Contest 1st Place Winner MHS Senior Sherley Maximin

Kristallnacht Survivor Esther Adler (third from left) with family and MHS Essay Winner Joanne Ho (second from left), Mayor Gary Christenson and MHS Essay Winner Sherley Maximin (right of Mayor)

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden



The Night of Broken Glass, the Broken Promises
By Sherley Maximin, Malden High School, Grade 12 2018 Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest – 1st Place
File essay_-_the_night_of_broken_glass_-_sherley_maximin.docx


Recognition and Inspiration
By Joanne Ho, Malden High School, Grade 11, 2018 Israel Arbeiter Essay Contest – 3rd Place
File essay_-_recognition_and_inspiration_-_joanne_ho.docx