Monday, January 30, 2012

Lost Wonders of Pequannock: The Landsberger Holocaust Collection

10th Anniversary of 9/11 at Pequannock 9/11 Memorial
Part two in a multi-part series, Lost Wonders of Pequannock will uncover secret spots, old and new, which make Pequannock a wonderful place to spend the afternoon.


Nestled in among the DVDs, large print fiction, and mysteries at the Pequannock Library is one of the preeminent collections of writings on the Holocaust in the state: The Landsberger Collection.


The Landsberger Collection was curated and donated by Kurt Landsberger, a humanitarian and Austrian immigrant who served in the United States military as an interpreter during World War II.  Composed of several hundred of the most important written works and first person accounts about the Holocaust, The Landsberger Collection is a rare resource for researchers.


When one is visiting this collection at the Pequannock Township Library, there is also the opportunity to visit the Pequannock History Room, a treasure trove of historic documents and works about Pequannock, the surrounding region, and Morris County maintained under lock and key by the library and the Pequannock Historic District Commission.


For those seeking quiet contemplation after these sobering topics, a floral meditation garden with seating sits directly adjacent to the library entrance and is especially quiet in mornings and evenings.  This is also an excellent time to visit the Pequannock 9/11 Memorial, a short drive away at the Pequannock Municipal Building, which displays an actual piece of steel from the World Trade Center towers.  While those from the region may also admire Wayne Township's impressive 9/11 memorial at the Wayne Library on Valley Road, Pequannock's is much smaller and in many respects more personal with a stone bench amid a garden.


A bite to eat can be grabbed in Pequannock's nearby restaurant quarter at Friendly's, The Little Food Cafe, Carnival Spot Pizza, or Pizza Man (which actually offers a variety of Italian and seafood).


While the horrors of war are complex topics to consider and perhaps even beyond what can be completely conveyed through a second hand experience, these amazing local resources go a great distance towards ensuring that we never forget and that future generations may learn from the experiences of the past.


Christopher Lotito is a member of the Pequannock EnvironmentalHistoric District, and Flood Control Advisory Commissions as well as the author of  "Torrent," a book about flooding in the region.  Lotito's personal mission is to reduce new taxes, drastically reduce flooding, and preserve more green spaces for our children.  Christopher Lotito Profile

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