TRAGEDY: Holocaust Survivor Struck & Killed By Vehicle In Brooklyn; Was On Way To Say Kaddish For Daughter


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A Holocaust survivor was R”L struck and killed by a vehicle in Brooklyn on Thursday night.

Nissan Krakinowski Z”L (90) of Flatlands 6 Street in Canarsie was struck by a vehicle as he crossed the street at Ralph Avenue and East 69 Street. Canarsie Hatzolah EMTs and paramedics responded to the scene and found him in traumatic arrest. He was transported to Brookdale Hospital, but was unfortunately Niftar shortly after arriving.

The Niftar was leaving Congregation Beit Hillel of Flatlands, where he went every day to say Kaddish for his daughter who was Niftar just a few months ago. She was the last surviving member of his immediate family. His wife and other daughter were previously Niftar.

Misaskim Volunteers were on the scene, working to ensure Kavod Hames.

The NYPD tells YWN that an investigation revealed that a light blue colored Jaguar was heading south bound on Ralph Avenue when it struck the 90 year-old pedestrian, who was attempting to cross Ralph Avenue from the west side to the east outside of a marked crosswalk. The 29-year-old female operator of the vehicle remained on scene. There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing by the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad.

Nissan Krakinowski waves as he arrives to recount his survival of the Holocaust during a speech in Spokane, Washington on June 4, 2018 (Will Campbell / The Spokesman-Review)

An interview with Nissan in 2016:

(Yossi Taub – YWN)


  1. Thank you so much for you concern for my cousin and my uncle. Her name was Pessie Krakinowski and was my Uncle Nissan’s eldest daughter. His younger daughter Shayndee also passed away but in 2016. Uncle Nissan has many family members still alive who are mourning his tragic passing, as well as members of the community. I’ve reached out to the editor of this site to correct the error that there is no family left. We will be saying Kaddish for them both.

  2. Reb Nissan obm was coming from mincha-maariv at Cong Beit Hiollel on Ralph Ave, where he attended every day when his health allowed. Though he took upon himself to say kaddish for his daughter, who passed away several months ago, he was usually was saying kaddish for someone anyway. Though past his 90th birthday and with various health issues, Reb Nissan came to our minyan in Canarsie every day (when his health allowed) punctiliously, starting the davening at the amud and finishing with his hallmark brocha in his powerful, booming voice. (Hard to believe this sound came from an elter yid well into his 90s). Always with a smile, a kind word, and rarely a negative comment, he was truly a pillar of the community. He presence is sorely missed.