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Liberator to Speak at YomHaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration

(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)April 13, 2016

MAHWAH, N.J. – The Gross Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies of Ramapo College and Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom will hold a Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance) commemoration on Wednesday, May 4. It will begin at 7 p.m. and take place at Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, 280 Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah, New Jersey.

The commemoration will feature a talk by Mr. Alan Moskin of Nanuet, who at the beginning of May 1945 as a young G.I. participated in the liberation of the Gunskirchen Concentration Camp, a sub-camp of Mauthausen. He was a member of the 66th infantry, 71st Division, part of General George Patton’s 3rd Army. Mr. Moskin’s outfit fought in combat through France, Germany and Austria during which time he was promoted in rank from private to staff sergeant. After the war ended, he remained in Europe until June 1946 as a member of the U.S. Army of Occupation.

Alan Moskin was born in Englewood, New Jersey, on May 30, 1926. He attended Syracuse University both before and after his military service in World War II and graduated in May 1948. He then attended New York University Law School, graduating with a J.D. degree in June 1951. He practiced law as a civil trial attorney in New Jersey for more than 20 years and subsequently worked in the private business sector until he retired in 1991. Mr. Moskin has spoken to students in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, North and South Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and elsewhere about his experiences as an infantry combat soldier and a “concentration camp” liberator.

The evening also will include a commemorative service conducted by Rabbi Joel Mosbacher with a program of chorale music performed by the adult choir of Temple Beth Haverim Shir Shalom, under Cantor David Perper, and the Chorale of Ramapo College under Professor Lisa Lutter.

For more information, contact Michael Riff at 201-684-7409.


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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 comprehensive college is situated among the beautiful Ramapo Mountains, is within commuting distance to New York City, was named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and boasts the best on-campus housing in New Jersey per

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