Nonagenarian Betzalel Kahan passed away on April 2, at the height of the coronavirus crisis in New York, as a result of complications due to COVID-19.

He forged a new life in a new country, bearing witness to unspeakable horrors in his formative years.

Kahn survived Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”) in Nazi Germany on the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, as well as the years of World War II and the Holocaust. After the war, he left for the United States, settling in the Chassidic neighborhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, N.Y.

For many years, he served as administrator of the Tzelihm elementary school in his community.

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