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Community to Honor 96-Year-Old Holocaust survivor

BOSTON – In October, 1942, as young Israel ‘Izzy’ Arbeiter’s father was dragged away by Nazi death camp guards in Poland, he promised his father that he would not let the world forget what happened to six million European Jews and millions of other innocent Holocaust victims. For 75 years Izzy has kept that promise, turning it into action, speaking to groups of all ages on three continents about the roots of anti-Semitism and prejudice – always with the theme  “Never again.”

On Oct. 6, Izzy of Newton, now 96, will be honored at the New England Friends of March of the Living (NEF MOTL) Second Annual Tribute Event ‘Voices from the Past… Lessons for the Future.’ The theme of the event is “A promise kept: Honoring the enduring impact of Israel ‘Izzy’ Arbeiter.” He will receive the Stephan Ross Excellence in Holocaust Education Award, named for New England Holocaust Memorial Founder, Stephan Ross. Lifelong friends after arriving in Boston following World War II, both men dedicated their lives to ensure critical lessons of the Holocaust would never be forgotten.

The International March of the Living is an annual educational program that brings over 10,000 high schoolers from 50 countries to Poland and Israel to study the history of the Holocaust and learn about roots of anti-Semitism and prejudice. Through its fundraising campaign, NEF MOTL provides scholarships to high school juniors and seniors who wish to participate and is committed to a $2,000 scholarship for every qualified teen to be part of this life changing heritage experience.

“Hatred is on the rise. ADL reports hate crimes are up 12 percent over last year. With the rise in anti-Semitism and demonization of Israel on college campuses, now is the time to instill the lessons of the Holocaust in our youth,” said Irv Kempner, chair of NEF MOTL and the son of Holocaust survivors. “Educating, encouraging and empowering the next generation of Jewish leaders to fight anti-Semitism and strengthen their sense of Jewish identity is the goal of MOTL.” 

This event is free and open to the public. To attend the virtual, free tribute event, visit website wizevents.com/nemotl2021. Advance registration is requested. For questions or more information, email tribute@motlnewengland.org.

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