Bayonne’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program set to air on Optimum and Fios next week


The City of Bayonne’s annual Holocaust Remembrance program is set to air on two networks that are both available on Optimum and Fios next week.

Inge Auerbacher speaking at the Bayonne Holocaust Remembrance ceremony on May 4th, 2016.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

The taped program will air on Wednesday, April 27, at 7:00 p.m., on the Bayonne Educational Network (BEN-TV), which is on Channel 77 on Optimum and Channel 40 on Verizon Fios in Bayonne.

The ceremony will also air at the same date and time on the Bayonne Local Government Access Channel (BAY-TV), which is on Channel 78 on Optimum and Channel 42 on Verizon Fios in Bayonne.

Normally, the remembrance service takes place in front of a live audience at City Hall, but that has not occurred the past couple years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

By a special arrangement with the Bayonne Board of Education, the program was taped in separate segments over several days at Bayonne High School, and then edited together for a showing on April 27th.

The program will repeat on BEN-TV at 7:00 p.m. and other times through May 11. On BAY-TV, the program will repeat multiple times in late April and throughout May, though note that emergent events could pre-empt the program’s showing at particular times on either channel.

The program includes remarks and reflections by elected officials and members of the clergy, a memorial candle-lighting, and a special guest presentation by Maud Dahme, a native of The Netherlands.

Dahme and her sister survived the Holocaust, because they were taken in by Christian families that hid their Jewish identities from the Nazi authorities.

Her parents survived their captivity in a concentration camp and the family emigrated from The Netherlands to New Jersey in 1950. As a result, she has become a leading advocate of Holocaust education.

The annual Holocaust Remembrance program is sponsored by the UJA Federation of Bayonne, the City of Bayonne, and the Bayonne Interfaith Clergy.

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