Fairfield commemoration of Holocaust victims set April 25

Fairfield’s annual program commemorating victims of the Holocaust reign of terror is planned April 25 in First Church Congregational, Beach and Old Post roads.

The honoree at this year’s commemoration, set for 7:30 p.m., is Harry Weichsel, a survivor of Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, a series of attacks carried out by Nazis against Jews and their properties in late 1938.

Weichsel, who left Germany after Kristallnacht, will address the topic, “Healing the Heart that Remembers: Returning to a Past I Tried Hard to Forget.” He settled in the U.S. with his mother in Bridgeport.

The synagogue that Weichsel attended as a child in Wetter, Germany, had been converted into a farm stable during the war. But it was restored and turned into a museum after he contacted the mayor of Wetter in 1988 about the idea, which occurred to him the first time he returned to Wetter since leaving 50 years earlier.

In addition to Weichsel’s presentation, there will be a candle-lighting ceremony, a remembrance of those who perished during the Holocaust, and vocal tributes by the Fairfield County Children’s Choir and Fairfield Ludlowe High School ensemble, as well as music performed on the church organ.

The program is open to the public.

John Schwing