The Shaw JCC of Akron and the Jewish Community Board of Akron will hold a memorial service, with music and candle lighting ceremony as a Yom Hashoah commemoration 7 p.m. May 2, at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life.  

The hour-long commemoration will feature the testimony of second-generation Holocaust survivor and Stow resident Andrea Rabinovitz whose mother, Jo Ann (Hansi) Lustig Glickman, along with grandparents, Ludwig and Theresa, escaped Nazi Germany in 1939.

Rabinovitz will tell the story of her mother’s journey and her challenges of growing up in Nazi Germany, saying goodbye to family members who stayed behind and arriving in the U.S. as a 10-year-old child.

While the Lustig family settled in Appleton, Wis., life deteriorated for her great-grandparents, Albert and Lotte Kahn, who remained in Munich. From 1939 to 1943, their struggles were memorialized in “Letters from the Ashes,” letters from her great-grandfather that Rabinovitz’s mother transcribed in 1995, which are in the U.S. Holocaust Museum Archives in Washington, D.C.

For information, visit jewishakron.org or call 330-867-7850.

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