Sunday, April 08, 2007

Seder de Pesach

AS a young girl in Germany, life under the Nazis was hell for Rita Linhart. The former schoolteacher, 87, now lives in happy retirement in New York.

But she has never forgotten those who shared the horrific times with her . . . and this week attended a Pesach seder for Holocaust survivors at the Congregation Habonim temple in New York.

Rita and her family fled their home in Germany after Kristallnacht – the 1938 "crystal night" of terror when Jewish homes and businesses all over Germany and Austria were wrecked with sledgehammers, spraying broken glass into the streets.

Her parents died in the concentration camps, but Rita was saved when she got a permit to leave Germany for a job as a governess in England.

From there, she made a new life in America.