Survivors to Hold Candle Vigil for Those Who Risked Their Lives to Protect Jews During the Holocaust
April 7, 2014 [St. Petersburg, FL] — The Florida Holocaust Museum (FHM), in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis, will host a Yom HaShoah Commemoration at the Museum, Sunday, April 27 at 2pm. There is no charge to attend the 2pm commemorative service and the Museum will be free to the public all day Sunday.
Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of more than six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah or “day of the Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism” as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.
Stanlee Stahl, Executive Vice President of the New York-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous (JFR), will be the guest speaker at this year’s Commemoration. The JFR’s mission is to preserve the memory and legacy of non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust while also providing financial support to dozens of those heroes who now find themselves in need of assistance. The JFR has provided assistance to as many as 1,750 individuals around the world.
Holocaust survivors will close the ceremony with a candlelight vigil to honor the memory and efforts of those who died and suffered during the Holocaust as well as those who risked their lives in the face of evil.
The exhibition “To Save a Single Life… Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust” will also be on display on the Museum’s second floor from April 26 through June 30.
Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month (GHRAM) is an annual initiative of the Florida Holocaust Museum in its 5th year. The goal of GHRAM is to build public awareness about the current genocide in Darfur and past genocides including the Holocaust, the Armenian genocide, the Rwandan genocide as well as other human rights violations. Programming during GHRAM includes exhibitions, commemorative events and programs focused on public awareness.
GHRAM is held in memory of Dr. Stephen Feinstein who was a guest curator for the Florida Holocaust Museum for ten years and founding director of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.
The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness Month is presented in conjunction with USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa as well as St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Temple Beth El, and the Pardoll Family Lecture Series and coincides with several exhibitions. A full schedule can be found online at: http://www.flholocaustmuseum.org/ghram.aspx.
For more information on GHRAM and these programs, please call 727.820.0100.
About the Florida Holocaust Museum
The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of innocent men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The Museum is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides.