Rebuilt From Broken Glass

A German Jewish Life Remade in America

Fred Behrend witnessed the flames of Kristallnacht in 1938 at age 12, seeing synagogue after synagogue on fire, and was soon fleeing Nazi tyranny with his family for Cuba, the only country that would take them. But several years after entering America, he earned victory over the Nazis in his own way, including teaching democracy as a GI to German POWs and being assigned to watch over Wernher von Braun, a Nazi rocket scientist who later became the catalyst of the U.S. space program.  But at age 92, he discovered that a miracle 80 years in the making still awaited.



Grant from Jewish Community Foundation awarded
as fund-raising for Rebuilt from Broken Glass film launches

Date: May 16, 2019

CHERRY HILL – The Jewish Community Foundation (JCF), Inc., has awarded a $3,000 grant to Broken Glass Media LLC as fund-raising efforts for a documentary based on Holocaust survivor Fred Behrend’s memoir Rebuilt from Broken Glass officially launched today. Larry Hanover, co-director and co-producer of the film, announced the grant as local officials, leaders of the Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey, and fund-raising partner Arts Guild New Jersey gathered to watch the premiere of the film’s teaser. Behrend, 92, of Voorhees, told the tale both of his escape and miraculous reunion with a fellow survivor at the event held at the Esther Raab Holocaust Museum & Goodwin Education Center.

“Until hatred and bigotry are
eradicated, the notion of ‘Never Again’ can never truly be realized,” said Behrend.

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