About 100 people slowly filtered into the sanctuary of the New City Jewish Center on Thursday evening for the annual commemoration of November 9, 1938 when the Nazis began a pogrom against the Jewish community of Germany. On Kristallnacht or “Night of Broken Glass,” synagogues, businesses and homes were destroyed in acts of violence that led to the start of the Holocaust.
Dr. Alexander Levy, a Holocaust survivor, spoke at the ceremony.
Editor's Note: This biographical information about Dr. Levy was provided after the event.
Alexander Levy was born in Berlin in 1936. He left for Belgium after November 9, 1936. He spent the war years in Belgium living in hiding and came to America in 1949. He served in the US Army from 1954 to 1956. Levy graduated from Brooklyn College in 1959, and taught English in New York City public high schools. He and his wife celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Israel. Levy earned a doctorate in education from Columbia University and holds certification as principal in both New York and New Jersey. The Tappan resident has three children and seven grandchildren.