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White Plains event reflects on Holocaust

By HANNAN ADELY
THE JOURNAL NEWS
(Original publication: May 8, 2006)

WHITE PLAINS

Melvin Federbush’s years in the Buchenwald concentration camp left him with a lifetime of heartache and bad memories. Yesterday, he was able to relive one of the rare good memories from that time.

Federbush recalled the day in 1945 that Rabbi Herschel Schacter, a chaplain with the U.S. Army, entered the prison barracks and shouted “Jews, you are free. The war is over.” Those words breathed new life into the dying prisoners, Federbush said.