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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)October 19, 2011

(MAHWAH, NJ) – The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College and Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom will hold a Kristallnacht (Crystal Night) commemoration on Wednesday, November 9.  The event will commence at 7 p.m. and will take place at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, located at 280 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202) in Mahwah, NJ.

The commemoration will feature a talk by Erwin Ganz of Warren, New Jersey who experienced mounting oppression and anti-Semitism as a young schoolboy in the small town of Bernkastel Koos, Germany where his family was forced to relocate from his native Frankfurt am Main soon after Adolf Hitler came to power.

Upon emigrating to the United States in April of 1939 at age 9, Ganz and his family settled in Newark, New Jersey, where he later graduated from Weequahic High School.  While employed full time with the Ronson Corporation, Ganz received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Seton Hall University.  His career at Ronson, for which he is now a director, has spanned six decades.

The evening also will include a commemorative service conducted by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher, a program featuring chorale music performed by the adult choir of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom under Cantor David Perper.
For more information regarding the event, please contact the Director of the Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies Michael Riff via telephone at 201.684.7409.


Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.


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