Yom HaShoah veHaGevurah 2012
Mr. Sol Kranz
On April 17, 2012, our community commemorated Yom HaShoah veHaGevurah through survivor memory. Over 300 people from seven different synagogues joined together at Young Israel of Brookline for our annual Community Yom HaShoah Commemoration.
This year, we were privileged to hear the testimony of our dear friend and member Sol Kranz.
Solomon Kranz was born in Vienna in 1931. In November 1938, when he was 7 years old, he witnessed Kristallnacht, the Nazi-organized pogrom in which more than 1,000 synagogues were destroyed -- 95 of them in Vienna alone. By the summer of 1939, thousands of Jewish-owned businesses had been seized or closed by the government. On September 2, Sol's father was taken into custody by the Austrian SS and sent to Dachau and Buchenwald. By some miracle he was one of about 40 Buchenwald inmates released the following February on the condition that they leave Austria at once. The Kranz family traveled to Genoa, Italy, where they boarded the SS Rex for the United States.
In America, the family settled in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn. Eventually Sol attended City College, served in the Army, and earned an MBA at New York University. In 1970 he and his wife Sandra moved to Boston. Their daughters, Phyllis and Joanne, are Maimonides graduates with families of their own. Holding the Austrian Passport of his youth -- which he used only once in his lifetime during the family's escape to freedom -- Sol shared his story with our community. You may listen to it here.