Bayonne’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Service is scheduled for Monday, April 8, at 6:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers at 630 Avenue C. The event is sponsored by the United Jewish Appeal (UJA) Federation of Bayonne and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy, and is hosted by the City of Bayonne. Mayor Mark A. Smith is the honorary chairman of the event.
The featured portion of this year’s program will be the premiere of a video about two Holocaust survivors and New Jersey residents, Leopold Lowy and Paul Graf Loewner. The two natives of Czechoslovakia were prisoners at the Buchenwald concentration camp, and met in a class at the Cedar Crest retirement community sixty-six years later. The video, entitled “A Lifelong Journey,” presents the retelling of Mr. Lowy and Mr. Loewner’s individual heroic lives during their time in concentration camps and their eventual liberation at the end of World War II. In addition to his time at Buchenwald, Mr. Lowy was a prisoner at the Theresienstadt, Niederorschel, and Auschwitz concentration camps. As a result of the Nazi takeover of Czechoslovakia, Mr. Loewner’s family moved a number of times before they were packed on a cattle car in 1944.
Bayonne High School faculty members Sal Iannaci and Gene Woods, and Bayonne High School student Patricia Iannaaci interviewed Mr. Loewner and Mr. Lowy for the video. Mr. Lowy and Mr. Loewner have been invited to the event to witness the premiere of the video.