Fred Manas, the voice of a physicist, sculptor and Holocaust survivor, dies at the age of 86

Boston (JTA) – It was a very personal gesture when Fred Manas lit a candle last month at the Yomhashore event in the Boston area to commemorate one of the last survivors of the SS St. Louis. ..

His own father was a passenger in St. Louis. The unlucky Reiner was full of hundreds of Jewish refugees and was denied entry by the United States, Cuba and Canada in 1939 and sent back to Nazi Germany. Of the more than 900 passengers, 254, including Manas’ father, were unable to survive the Holocaust. His father, mother and sister later died in a Nazi concentration camp.

Manas himself was rescued as a young child at Kinder Transport, one of the many rescue operations arranged by the British Government between 1938 and 1940. His brother also survived the Kindertransport.

Manas has replaced Boston’s Holocaust survivors as a solid leader and has become a person of many talents, achievements and interests. He died on Friday after getting sick for several years. He was ashamed of his 87th birthday for two months.

Manas was a prominent physicist, pioneer in the solar industry, and later an award-winning artist and sculptor. His series of works was widely exhibited and collected here and throughout New England, including Judaika and works that reflected the survival of the Holocaust.

“I have found that my previous experience in Nazi Europe deserves to be represented by sculptural works, in addition to my written and oral presentations about the Holocaust, Manas.” Written on his website.. These works include the assembled bronze sculpture “My Diaspora: The Post-Holocaust Family.”This work has won several national awards and was exhibited. In 2009 At the Hebrew University of Newton For the art show “Artists Confront the Holocaust” curated by him.

“He was cheerful, smart, very open and very open about sharing ideas,” said Janet Steinkam, president of the American Jewish Holocaust Survivors Association at Boston University.

Manas worked in an organization, sharing his life story with a wide range of groups of all ages, and Stein Calm, a child of survivors of all disciplines, told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency over the phone. She said he had participated in many programs with the German Consulate to New England and was active in the Holocaust World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors.

As a longtime member of the planning committee for the annual Yomhashore rally of the local Jewish community relations council, Manas strongly supported the interests and concerns of other survivors.

“He has always helped us think about what it means for survivors,” Emily Reichmann, JCRC’s Community Engagement Director, told JTA that the program was about survivors and theirs. We ensured that we responded to the specific needs and experiences of our family.

Fred Cartmanas was born on July 27, 1935 in Frankfurt. Thanks to the efforts of his parents, he and his brother secured a place for the Kindertransport to send Jewish children to the Nazi German family. After being safely hidden in five countries, he and his brother arrived in New York City as refugees in 1946 and lived in multiple foster parents. According to his family obituary..

He graduated from City University of New York with honors, where he met his wife Annette.

While working at Bell Labs, Manas was awarded a scholarship to Princeton University, where he received his PhD. In the field of theoretical physics in a dissertation on black holes.

His academic background includes positions at Princeton, Dartmouth, Drexel, and the University of New Hampshire, where he also served as Vice Dean.

Inspired by President Jimmy Carter’s call for the development of renewable energy sources, he launched a solar energy company. After that, he worked in the defense electronics industry.

After Manas retired in 2002, he pursued creative interests in ceramics and subsequent sculpture, focusing on figurative works under the guidance of sculptors.

“I don’t want to be generous and accurate in what I see directly, but I want my passion and emotions to dominate my work,” he writes.

“I could feel what he felt in his heart about what he experienced,” Stein Calm said of his Holocaust-themed work.

With a lifelong passion for classical music, Manas is a unique pre-WWII liturgical and Hasidic melody born in Waltham’s Templebes Israel with the contribution of Holocaust survivor Morris Holender. I was attracted to. For Hanks Netsky.

Netsky has a bas-relief sculpture, and Manas sits on a piano at the New England Conservatory of Music and co-chairs the University’s Department of Contemporary Improvisation.

The artist created the sculpture based on a photo of Holender, his wife, and Netsky, the founder of the Klezmer Conservatory Band.

“He, like Fred, saw what Mr. Hollander did to maintain his cultural and religious traditions through music. [Manasse] Netsky writes by email.

“He expressed his love for his people and his heritage through his sculptures,” Netsky wrote.

Manas survives by their family, including his wife Annette, four children and four grandchildren. He died to his eldest son.

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