HCCC and city Cultural Affairs to host speaker for Holocaust Remembrance Day

Pieter Kohnstam will share his connection to Anne Frank and his experience fleeing the Nazis at the April 8 Zoom event

Pieter Kohnstam
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Pieter Kohnstam

Hudson County Community College (HCCC), in partnership with Jersey City Mayor Steven M. Fulop and the Jersey City Office of Cultural Affairs, will present a special College Speaker Series event commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The event, featuring Holocaust survivor and former Bayonne resident Pieter Kohnstam, will take place via Zoom on Thursday, April 8 at 12 noon. The event will be co-moderated by Michelle Vitale, HCCC Director of Cultural Affairs; Elana Winslow, HCCC Assistant Professor and Business Program Coordinator; and Morgan Bailey of the Anne Frank Center USA.

An Amsterdam native, Mr. Kohnstam and his family lived in the Nuremberg/Fuerth area of Germany, where they had a lucrative toy merchandising company. Because of the Nazis, the family was forced to abandon Germany and return to Amsterdam.

There, they lived downstairs from Anne Frank’s family, and Anne babysat Pieter.  Eventually, the Kohnstams escaped Nazi persecution by moving to Argentina, and Mr. Kohnstam emigrated to the United State in 1963.

The Zoom event may be accessed at https://zoom.us/j/97608460977?pwd=NEZ4VlhMa Fo5am5Qb2E1ejVzTWIzdz09; meeting ID: 976 0846 0977, passcode: 317048.