By Stephanie Smartschan
JFLV Director of Community Development & Operations
Icek and Luba Muskat, born in 1914 and 1921 respectively, had little in common except for their experiences in the Holocaust and, eventually, their family. Little did they know or imagine what life had in store for them.
They survived unimaginable hardships, against all odds, to unknowingly help in developing the infant country of Israel and at the same time bearing and nurturing their three children: the first born son in Italy, the middle son in Israel and their daughter in their final stop, Canada.
Their middle son, Sydney Muskat, and his daughter Lauren Rabin, will be sharing Icek and Luba’s story at the Yom HaShoah Holocaust Commemoration presented virtually by the Holocaust Resource Center of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley on April 7.
The program will also feature the music of the Copeland String Quartet, led by Eliezer Gutman, who was raised in Israel and is the concertmaster for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra. The quartet will perform music written by three composers who died in the Holocaust, including Hans Krása who composed “Brundibár,” a children’s opera made famous by performances in the Terezín concentration camp.
The evening will also include traditional prayers and readings and the lighting of the memorial candles. A reading of names will begin at 6:45 p.m., followed by the program at 7 p.m. and the concert to follow.