Six million. Six million Jews senselessly annihilated by Hitler’s Nazi regime in the 1930s and 1940s. Men, women and children, old and young, frail and strong alike. Of those six million, nearly one and a half million were but children whose innocent lives were cut short far too young.
Every year, Jewish communities around the world remember those taken from us and honor those who survived unimaginable conditions on what is known as Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is essential that we remember these atrocities and recognize the continuing need to fight the injustice, hate and intolerance.
In San Diego, hundreds will gather to honor and remember victims at the annual Community Holocaust Commemoration event, one of the largest in the country, at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center on Sunday, April 23, at 1:30 pm.
As we reflect upon the words of Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, “the opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference”, we will explore ways to preserve the memory of the Jews who perished in the Holocaust, honor our community’s Holocaust survivors, and consider ways to act upon the words “never again”.
Roberta Grossman, producer and Director of the upcoming documentary Who Will Write Our History? will be the keynote speaker. Grossman has written and produced more than forty hours of documentaries on a range of topics bringing light and life to a dark time in human history.
The Community Holocaust Commemoration event is free and open to the public. All are welcomed and encouraged to attend and light candles in recognition of those we lost and honor the survivors still among us in the San Diego community.
More information can be found at www.jewishinsandiego.org/remember