Jewish Human Rights Group Partners With New Jersey Town on a Holocaust Education Initiative Following a School Project on Hitler  

July 2, 2021

Community Meeting with Holocaust Survivor Slated for July 12 at Tenafly Borough Hall  

TENAFLY, NEW JERSEY – Global Jewish human rights organization Simon Wiesenthal Center today unveiled a partnership with the Borough of Tenafly to help ensure Holocaust awareness following a school project that resulted in a report on Adolf Hitler earlier this year.  
Joined by Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter, Tenafly Mayor Mark Zinna, members of the Tenafly Council, and Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Michael Cohen, the group today announced this education initiative on the steps of the Tenafly Borough Hall. This critical partnership aims to bring to the Borough of Tenafly a necessary understanding of the Nazi Holocaust to all segments of the community through a variety of innovative programs provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In September, the borough will display the Center’s world-renowned Holocaust exhibit, “Courage to Remember,” ensuring increased opportunities for public education on these critical issues.

Pictured right: Simon Wiesenthal Center Eastern Director Michael Cohen, Tenafly Mayor Mark Zinna, Tenafly Council Member Jeff Grossman, and Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter with his daughter Ann Arnold
A community meeting featuring a conversation with Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter has been scheduled for July 12 at 7:30 PM EST at Tenafly Borough Hall.  

“The Simon Wiesenthal Center is proud to announce the establishment of an important partnership with the Borough of Tenafly as we aim to convert a very concerning incident into a productive teaching moment,” said Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Michael Cohen. “By bringing Holocaust survivor Mark Schonwetter to tell his story at a community event at Borough Hall followed by the display of the Center’s “Courage to Remember” Holocaust exhibit, Tenafly is demonstrating that it is serious about Holocaust education. The Simon Wiesenthal Center commends the Tenafly mayor and governing body for their prompt actions and looks forward to a continued partnership making certain that the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten.”  
“It’s an opportunity to understand and learn from an individual who experienced the Holocaust firsthand. I look forward to welcoming the community on July 12th at 7:30 at Borough Hall for this important discussion,” said Tenafly Mayor Mark Zinna.
“I look forward to sharing my experiences with the Tenafly community and bringing us all together. I hope that my presence and story can spark a new age of compassion and understating. We have much work to do in ensuring Holocaust education, and I am proud to be a part of this initiative,” said Holocaust Survivor Mark Schonwetter.

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center is one of the largest international Jewish human rights organizations with over 400,000 member families in the United States. It is an NGO at international agencies including the United Nations, UNESCO, the OSCE, the OAS, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament (Parlatino).


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