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Holocaust Commission stresses Local ofﬁcials
education on day of remembrance oppose I-684 toll
BY CAROL REIF BY TOM BARTLEY
STAFF WRITER CONTRIBUTING WRITER
“ ere is no assurance that the
ey might look like a couple tolls will not be extended to pas-
dozen books on a library shelf.
Bedford Supervisor Chris senger vehicles.”
But to those gathered in
North Salem to mark Interna- Burdick went to Hartford last In the Hartford hearing,
tional Holocaust Remembrance
Day, they are so much more. week to convey the opposition Burdick encouraged continued
ey are a physical reminder of a score of Westchester of- bi-state cooperation in address-
of why humans must rst be
able to take an un inching look cials, including North Salem ing mutual problems. But he also
at the past, however painful,
before we can hope for a future Supervisor Warren Lucas, to warned of potential payback if
unmarred by ignorance and ha-
tred, said speakers at the recent Connecticut’s plans to collect Hartford lawmakers insisted on
re-dedication of the Fred Bach-
ner Holocaust Collection. truck tolls on Interstate 684. implementing the toll proposal.
e memoirs and other ma- Addressing a public hearing In remarks prepared for deliv-
terials were donated to the
Ruth Keeler Memorial Library of the Connecticut General As- ery at the hearing, he reminded
by the Somers Holocaust Me-
morial Commission. sembly’s transportation commit- the lawmakers that “there are
Marked by a brass plaque, the tee, Burdick said the Westches- discussions in the New York
special collection was named in
honor of Bachner, the commis- ter o ceholders “take exception” State Legislature to respond in
sion’s late founder. e Somers
resident was a prisoner at Aus- to the proposed toll. He called kind to the Greenwich toll pro-
chwitz and several other con-
centration camps. it a threat to the well-being of posal should Connecticut move
His incredible story, like the many Westchester residents and forward with it.”
wrenching accounts by other
Holocaust survivors in the col- said it would encourage truckers Burdick said he was speaking
lection’s volumes, gives per-
spective to the commission’s to detour onto local roads, which “on behalf of my community and
SEE COLLECTION PAGE 3 were never meant to handle the elected representatives in West-
oversized rigs. chester County.” In addition to
Connecticut lawmakers are Lucas, they included supervisors
considering a package of tolls Rick Morrissey of Somers, Peter
scattered throughout the state. Parsons of Lewisboro and Mat-
e proposed tolls include an thew Slater of Yorktown, Coun-
overhead, truck-only reader ty Executive George Latimer
above a 1.4-mile stretch of I-684 and state Sen. Peter Harckham
that runs through Greenwich, of South Salem.
between the county airport and Making clear his opposition to
Community members from Somers and North Salem came together Armonk interchanges. the toll plan last year, Harckham
for the re-dedication of the Fred Bachner Holocaust Collection.
While the current legislation said he found it “particularly gall-
PHOTOS: CAROL REIF
limits toll collections to trucks, ing” that Connecticut wanted to
Burdick noted later in an online SEE TOLL PAGE 3
message to Bedford residents,
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Thursday, February 6, 2020 North Salem News – Page 3
COLLECTION it “heartening, particularly in and torn shoes, many could not Fred Bachner. TOLL
FROM PAGE 1 these times of increasingly fre- keep pace and were shot dead. e couple raised two daugh- FROM PAGE1
quent and disturbing acts of ousands also succumbed to ters in Hartsdale—Ellen and collect usage fees on a road-
way that New York had built
mission of educating people— anti-Semitism, that our work starvation and exposure as they Cindy—before moving to and for which it continues to
cover “road repairs, re and
especially the young—about has literally touched the lives of were mercilessly herded toward Somers. ey also had several emergency responses, state
police patrol, snow plowing,
human rights and the Shoah: thousands of students.” the interior of the German grandchildren. removal of deer carcasses—ev-
the murder of millions of Jews Many of those young people Reich. Ruth Bachner told the maga-
Harckham said in Decem-
by the Nazi regime and collab- are now in their 30s and 40s. Bachner—with B-10618 zine that “because of our expe- ber that he would propose leg-
islation enacting tolls on Route
orators during World War II. “ at those people are branded on his arm—was riences,” she and her husband 116 in North Salem, Routes
35 and 123 in Lewisboro and
Speaking Monday, Jan. 27, out there with perhaps some among the few hundred pris- taught their children “never to Routes 124 and 137 in Pound
Ridge, as well as a toll on the
were SHMC president Steven heightened level of under- oners who made it alive to the hate others because they have Hutchinson River Parkway
in Rye Brook “and elsewhere
E. Waldinger and state Su- standing, empathy or decency Dachau concentration camp in di erent beliefs.” along the Connecticut border,
preme Court Justice Lewis J. because of what this commis- southern Germany on Feb. 22. Fred Bachner died in 2008.
Town o cials also weighed
Lubell. sion does, in my view, is the He did hard labor on a con- In his obituary, he is described in on the toll plan. Lucas, who
had another meeting Fri-
North Salem utist Daniella most remarkable legacy of Fred struction site until April when as a “Holocaust survivor who day and could not attend the
Hartford hearing, a rmed
Friedman performed two mov- Bachner,” he said. word came that the allied forces taught tolerance to children this week the local resistance
to Connecticut’s e orts. “All
ing pieces: one from the lm Waldinger, paying homage were approaching. so they would understand the of us are opposed to any of the
tolls being put on I-684,” he
“Schindler’s List” and one the to Bachner’s wife, Ruth, then Bachner and other inmates atrocities of the Holocaust.” said. “It doesn’t help the tra c
situation in the local towns at
middle school student com- read a letter from the cou- were loaded on a train head- all. It makes it worse.”
posed herself. ple’s daughter, Ellen Bachner ing toward the mountains and EDUCATION IS KEY Burdick carried the message
of opposition into the Con-
According to Waldinger, the Greenberg. were told they were to be shot, Referring to the recent rise in necticut state house on Friday,
interfaith SHMC encourages Here is her retelling of her Greenberg wrote. hate crimes and anti-Semitism,
“ is proposed toll would
high school students in Somers father’s story. “Deciding not to leave things Lubell noted that the “true ad- create a signi cant disrup-
tion to the quality of life in
and North Salem to create In January 1945, knowing up to fate,” he and two others ministration of justice is more many municipalities,” Burdick
said at the hearing. “It would
projects in visual arts, poetry, that the Soviet Army was ap- somehow managed to jump o important than ever.” prompt trucks to take to the
local roads,causing congestion,
music and other artistic medi- proaching, the Germans “want- the train undetected. However, knowledge of the damaging roads and increasing
the likelihood of collisions.”
ums that were inspired by Ho- ed to get rid of the evidence— Walking through the frigid past is also crucial. at’s why
He warned that New York
locaust Human Rights studies. everyone who had witnessed forest for days, the three nally people must read the books, could take unspeci ed “other
actions to bar the toll from be-
ose works are showcased, their crimes.” spotted white ags, a signal that watch the documentaries and ing implemented.”
and the students given awards, Nearly 60,000 prisoners—in the war was over, and American lms, listen to survivors tell Instead of such a “tit-for-tat
approach,” he proposed, “let’s
at the organization’s annual what was known as a “Death soldiers. their stories, no matter how work in partnership as our
great states have done so well
“Evening of Re ection and Re- March”—were forced to evacu- Bachner was eventually re- painful, he said. for many years.”
membrance.” ate Auschwitz and subcamps in united with his father and As a Jewish person, Lubell Estimates of usage-fee col-
lections from the proposed
It also helps schools establish Nazi-occupied Poland on Jan. brother. His mother did not has personally experienced the tolls statewide run as high as
$180 million a year and are
human rights-orientated cur- 27. survive the war. sickening results of rampant ig- seen as a way to bankroll re-
pairs to Connecticut’s infra-
riculum and programs, supports Europe was su ering through Ruth Bachner and her family norance. structure.
a book collection at the Somers one of the coldest winters in its had escaped from Vienna and “Getting to the heart of it Burdick backed the law-
makers’ goal if not the means
Library and provides schol- history, with blizzards and be- were in Belgium when it was all, it’s not just us who has to of nancing it. “I applaud your
e orts in tackling di cult
arships to graduating seniors low-zero temperatures. invaded by Germany on May understand what’s happening, infrastructure problems con-
fronting your state,” Burdick
committed to human rights. Weakened by hunger and ill- 10, 1940. but all faiths and ethnicities,” said. “We wrestle with the
same problems in New York.”
Waldinger told the crowd ness, and wearing nothing oth- In an interview for West- he said.
But a vote on the package of
Monday, Jan. 27, that he found er than thin striped uniforms chester Magazine, Bachner re- Holocaust and human rights tolls, which had been expected
earlier this week, ahead of the
members she and her brother education takes place “one stu- scheduled start Wednesday
(Feb. 5) of the regular legisla-
had to wear a yellow Star of dent at a time; one school at tive session, was put o , rais-
ing questions about how
David on their clothing. Her a time; one locale at a time,” much support the toll pro-
parents, desperate to save the Lubell said.
children, entrusted them to a “People need to be sensitive
Catholic priest who hid them to hatred at every level so it
in a convent. can’t happen again. It’s up to all
To protect her, the nuns of us.”
changed her name to Marie e SHMC is always look-
Renée Le Roi. ing for new members. To join,
After the war ended, Ruth contact its president, Steve
was reunited with her mother Waldinger, at: Somers Holo-
and taken to the United States, caust Memorial Commission,
where she met and married Box 301, Somers, NY 10589.
PHOTOS: CAROL REIF State Supreme Court Justice Lewis J. Lubell spoke at the re-dedication.
North Salem flutist Daniella Friedman performed two pieces.
Page 4 – North Salem News Thursday, February 6, 2020
Responding to questions from the public, the Westchester County Department of Health
reassured residents on Jan. 31 that there are no known cases of the novel coronavirus in West-
chester and the risk to the general public remains low.
ere are seven types of coronaviruses. Most cause respiratory symptoms similar to the
common cold, with mild to moderate illness, such as coronaviruses 229E, NL63, OC43 and
HKU1. ese four types of coronavirus are quite common and not worrisome. Only SARS,
MERS and novel coronavirus frequently cause severe illness.
If there were a case, residents would hear about it from the County Health Department.
Testing for this new type of coronavirus cannot be performed without the cooperation of
both the County and State Department of Health, and both departments would be involved
in notifying the public and limiting the spread of the illness.
With this new coronavirus now declared a public health emergency of international con-
cern, it is understandable that residents may be wary. However, there is no reason for people
without symptoms to stay home from work or school, or to cancel events.
As always, the best way to avoid viruses during cold and u season is:
• Avoid exposure – Avoid close contact with people who are sick with fever and cough.
• Wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and
water are unavailable, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
• Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue away and wash your
• If someone in your home is sick, clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces such as door
knobs and faucet handles with a bleach solution. is is especially helpful during u season,
and any time.
• And of course, get a u shot if you have not already done so.
• Stay home when you are ill to avoid exposing others.
For more information about novel coronavirus, go to www.westchestergov.com/health.
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