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KRASA, Edgar Joseph Of Newton, on February 7, 2017. Our family, friends, locally and abroad mourn the loss of Edgar. Only he and his parents survived the Holocaust. His answer to the genocide was to rebuild his family. After starting life over 3 times from nothing in Czechoslovakia, Israel, and the USA, he achieved, together with his late wife of 65 years Hana (Fuchs) Krasa, all he could have dreamed of. With his boundless love, generosity, dedication, sacrifice, and hard work, he built a wonderful life, home, and family. For the past 30 years Edgar committed himself to share his survival story with thousands of children and adults at synagogues, churches, and universities. His legacy and contribution can be seen in the documentary "Defiant Requiem". He will be missed by sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel and Tatjana, Raphael and Debra and his five grandchildren Rachel, Yonatan, Benyamin, Rebecca, Alex and many friends. A funeral service will take place on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 12:30 pm at Temple Reyim, 1860 Washington St., MA 02466, followed by burial at King Solomon Cemetery, 2690 Centre St., W. Roxbury, MA 02132. Following the burial, Shiva will take place at Edgar's residence with a minyan service at 5:30 pm and Monday 3:00-5:00 pm and beginning again at 7:00 pm with a minyan service at 7:30 pm. Donations may be sent to Defiant Requiem Foundation, PO Box 6242, Washington, D.C. 20015 and Terezin Music Foundation, Astor Station, Box 206, Boston, MA 02123. Brezniak-Rodman Funeral Directors brezniakrodman.com "Family Owned"

Published by Boston Globe from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2017.
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It was my great privilege to have met Edgar and Hana and write about them when they attended a Defiant Requiem performance in Berlin in which their sons sang. I have interviewed hundreds of personalities from presidents down but my talk with them stands out as a great lesson in human strength, dignity and simply kindness. May they both rest in peace. Denis Gray
Denis Gray
June 4, 2017
My deepest condolences. Edgar was a phenomenol man, and a wonerful influence in the lives of my three children and their many classmates. He came to speak at Kerem Shalom in Concord and at my children's schools and each time he was able to meet children where they were, and tell them in a relatable and impactful way about his expereince of survival. His contributions were enormorus and his legacy will carry on.

May his memory be a blessing to you and all your family.
Heidi Webb
March 16, 2017
Danny, Tatjiana and Family, I last saw your beloved father, father-in-law & grand-dad at the performance of Defiant Requiem in Boston. Although I did not know him, it was evident that Edgar created a beautiful legacy through his strength and love of his family. What I knew of him I learned through you at German-Jewish dialogue and the wonderful visit in your home during Chanukah. His and Hana's dedication to the Jewish people are symbols of their love of life and a tribute to their survival. May you be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Greta Rafsky
February 20, 2017
I am a middle school teacher at a school in CT. I had the pleasure of meeting Edgar during a college class at Bay Path College. Every year at this time I teach a unit on the Holocaust. I tell my students about Edgar and how he so deeply touched my life. I just saw this obituary and while looking Edgar up. I am so blessed to have meet him!!!
Chrsitine Bourque
February 16, 2017
February 16, 2017
In the name of Beit Theresienstadt in Israel, I would like to express our deep condolences on the passing of your father.
Tami kinberg
February 14, 2017
Debbie and Raffi,

I'm saddened to hear of your loss. Your parents are together once again and on their next journey. May you find solace in knowing that they are reunited.

Remember the wonderful memories you have of both your parents and may you find peace as well.
Bryna Kaufman
February 13, 2017
Raffi and Danny - I'm so sorry for your loss. I'm the daughter of the late Harry and Ragna Spitzer of Brookline.

I have many fond memories of your parents. And of your Dad catering my wedding way back when.

You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.
Linda Powers
February 13, 2017
our daughter Sara came home from school 7 years ago in 7th grade telling us about the remarkable man who spoke at Watertown middle school about his Holocaust experiences, it work her up to have his personal and moving message. so sorry for your loss Dani and family. love and condolences, Linda, Steve and Sara
February 12, 2017
Dear family of Edgar, we will miss him. He was the bravest man we have ever ever met. Rest in peace Edgar. With great admiration, Brad and Julie White
February 11, 2017
Sato Knudsen
February 11, 2017
My students at Boston University loved seeing Edgar and listening to him when he came to give his talks in my classes. Here are just a few notes from one of his last visits.

We all will miss Edgar!

Ludmilla Leibman

Sam Gelfon

Professor Leibman-
Please tell Mr. Krasa that his talks to us were phenomenal and very special. We are very special to have the opportunity to meet someone who had not only been in Auschwitz, but is willing to discuss it with us and tell us what it was really like, as many people refuse to talk
about their experiences. Thank you so much for coming to our class and giving us a personal account of what the Holocaust was truly like.

P.S. I enjoyed personally talking to you on the T after class.

Crystal Hall

Hi Prof. Leibman,

Please tell Mr. Krasa that I was very moved by his talk. I admire his incredible strength in his willingness to talk about his experiences. I began to realize that we, as students, can not even begin to understand what it was really like to be a Holocaust survivor. It is one thing to learn about this history in a classroom, but to come in contact with people who have actually lived through it, is a completely difference experience. Please send Mr. Krasa my thanks and regards.


Ashley Harmon

For Mr. Krasa- I would like to thank him, because I can't imagine how difficult it must be for him to constantly relive his memories in sharing them with us. His talk was the most powerful thing we have had all semester...and showing us his tattoo was heartbreaking. It really
brought the message in.


Ludmilla Leibman
February 11, 2017
As old friends from Prague, Terezin, Haifa and finaly Newton , please accept our condolences.
We will never forget our frienda Hanna and Eda.

Karel and Vera Roubicek, São Paulo, Brazil
Karel & Vera Roubicek
February 11, 2017
katherine Manor
February 10, 2017
we will always cherish his memory in our hearts. DR would not be what it is today whithout your beloved late parents.
may he rest in peace
Katja Manor
February 10, 2017
Danny and Raffi I am so very sorry for you and your family. You may not remember me, I am Tom and Helen Sullivan's daughter Jean. I remember when you came to live in Newton. I also remember asking my Mom about the numbers on your parents arms. I was young but I still remember that conversation. I remember your wonderful Mom always smiling.. What a legacy your Dad has left, I hope this will give you comfort. With caring thoughts and sympathy Jean Sullivan Greer
Jean Sullivan Greer
February 10, 2017
Deepest sympathies Raphael and family. You are in my thoughts.
Tammy James
February 10, 2017
My Heart felt condolence to you Raphael.
Noel Fernando ( Unicom Engineering)
Noel Fernando
February 10, 2017
He influenced the lives of so many students with his inspirational life story. I was honored to have known him through his several visits to Chelsea High School.
John Nichols
February 10, 2017
With my deepest sympathy. Prayers and thoughts are with you.
Susan Johnson
February 10, 2017
Knowing Edgar and Hanka, and getting to experience Prague and Terezin with them is a high point in my life. Their contributions are enduring.--David Post
February 10, 2017
Words can't express how much I will miss Edgar, how much I still miss Hana, and how incredibly blessed I've been to have them and the entire Krasa family in my life. Every day I work on the music of Terezin I think of Edgar, and I will continue to do so going forward. He will be greatly missed. Sending all my love and my heart to you.
Karen Uslin
February 9, 2017
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