The consul-general of Israel in New York, Ido Aharoni, spoke at “Defending the Jewish People,” an event marking Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) at Touro College in Manhattan. Dr. Mark Hasten, chairman of the Touro College Board of Trustees, and Anne Bayefsky, director of the Touro College Institute on Human Rights and the Holocaust (IHRH) participated in the event.
Hasten recounted his experiences fighting with the Polish Brigade against the Nazis and his participation in the liberation of the Majdanek concentration camp in Poland. “People say that the Jewish people went like lambs to the gallows and the crematoriums,” he said. “It’s a lie.” After Hasten’s emotional speech, Aharoni said to him from the podium, “Just by listening to your words, I could see the determination and perseverance that kept you alive during the Holocaust.”
Irit Kohn, president of the American Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists (AAJLJ), also spoke. The IHRH hosted the annual event with the AAJLJ in conjunction with the Lander College for Women-The Anna Ruth and Mark Hasten School and Touro’s Women’s Leadership Council. v