SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – It’s Holocaust Remembrance Day — or Yom HaShoah.
“It’s the day where Jews come together to remember the Holocaust, remember those who died and honor survivors, and also really talk about ‘never again,'” said Jamie Richman, chief operating officer of the Savannah Jewish Educational Alliance (JEA).
The Hebrew word for catastrophe, Shoah is used to describe the killing of 6 million European Jews by Nazi Germany.
To honor those who suffered and those who survived, Savannahians of all faiths are invited to take part in the Yom HaShoah observance at the JEA, located at 5111 Abercorn St.
Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday in the JEA front lobby, for nine and a half hours, community members are reading the names of the children who perished in the Holocaust in 15-minute shifts.
The Yom HaShoah Commemoration is scheduled for 7 p.m., with keynote speaker Ted Kleisner and benedictions from the rabbis of Savannah’s Jewish congregations. Memorial candles will also be lit for local Holocaust survivors, their families and the original 19 families who came to live in the Hostess City after surviving the Holocaust.
Meanwhile, a traveling exhibit from the Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education will be on display in the JEA Art Gallery. “Anne Frank in Translation” aims to help visitors understand the diarist’s enduring popularity and legacy as a symbol of the Holocaust.
The events are free and open to the public.