New Turf Field to be Named in Honor of Holocaust Survivor
by Jennifer Conley
(June 12, 2008) The new synthetic turf field at Flint Park in Larchmont will be named for Alexander Alma, the deceased father of local resident and sports enthusiast Oliver Alma.
When Alexander Alma passed away in 2006, Oliver began searching
for a way to honor his father and pay tribute to his courage as a Holocaust
survivor in Poland. Around the same time, the Village of Larchmont, Fields
for Kids, and Westchester County began making plans for field improvements
at Flint Park, located a few blocks from where Oliver Alma lives with
his wife and three children. When Oliver heard that the project would
need financial donations to become a reality, he knew he had found a way
to memorialize his father. Many local residents gave money to the project
at Flint, but the Almas took a significant leadership position in the
Mr. Alma described his father as a kind and loving man who took nothing for granted and lived by the motto, “Everything in life happens for a reason.” As a 19-year-old Jewish student at a university in Poland, Alexander Alma jumped out of a school window and fled to the woods as the Nazis were arriving to occupy his town during World War II. Alexander’s father and many other relatives were arrested and killed in concentration camps. Alexander survived by his wits in the countryside, battling starvation and dysentery, doing hard labor on farms in Russia, and eventually hopping a train to Persia where he joined the British Army Corps of Engineers. At 6’1, he weighed 90 pounds. He shaved his head and burned his clothes and cried when he saw a clean towel.
Jennifer Conley volunteers with Fields for Kids.