2006-07-20 / Top Stories

Community Mourns Passing Of Activist Harold Mondshein

Canarsiens this week were saddened to learn about the passing of 94-year-old community activist Harold Mondshein, who died last Saturday, July 15 .

Despite his age, Mondshein remained active until recently. A World War II veteran, he had been a longtime member of Seaview Jewish Center and Community Board 18 and took part in many community activities.

Mondshein was often characterized as "outspoken" and, as a vociferous member of CB 18, was relentless in pursuing public goals he thought would be of benefit to the community at large. As an advocate of the Brooklyn Library system, he fought every time there was a cut in library hours because of budget problems and was instrumental in seeing that local libraries were furnished with proper air conditioning.

His advocacy of local transportation problems was just as notable, and he was also instrumental in helping establish routing for the independent Command Bus Line through Canarsie and the associated communities.

Fellow community activist Mark Fertig said that his friend Mondshein was "always a principled man."

He was joined by others who noted the contributions Mondshein made to Canarsie.

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