April 5, 2016 [St. Petersburg, FL] — In observance of Yom HaShoah, The Florida Holocaust Museum, in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and the Tampa Rabbinical Association, will host a commemorative ceremony and candle lighting by Holocaust Survivors on Monday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m., followed by a talk from Second-Generation Holocaust Survivor Martin Goldsmith, author of Alex’s Wake: A Voyage of Betrayal and a Journey of Remembrance. This program is free and open to the public.
Known more commonly outside of Israel as Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah honors the memory of the more than six million Jews who perished during the Holocaust. The full name of the day is Yom HaShoah Ve-Hagevurah or “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and the Heroism” as it also marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
In his latest memoir, Goldsmith traces the experience of his grandfather and uncle aboard the St. Louis. Filled with refugees, the ship crossed the Atlantic in attempts to flee Nazi Germany, but was turned back at every port. His relatives spent three years in a number of different settlements before ultimately being sent to their deaths in Auschwitz. Seventy years later, Goldsmith followed in their footsteps to bear witness and reconcile his own relationship with the past.
“Martin’s journey and book offer a new perspective on the Holocaust; one that is typically missing from most books and films about the Shoah … Alex’s Wake is a powerful and evocative memoir.” –New York Journal of Books
Author Q&A and book signing to conclude this event. Please RSVP to 727-820-0100 x271.
One of the largest Holocaust museums in the country, and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums, The Florida Holocaust Museum honors the memory of millions of men, women and children who suffered or died in the Holocaust. The FHM is dedicated to teaching members of all races and cultures the inherent worth and dignity of human life in order to prevent future genocides. The FHM played a critical role in shaping legislation that in 1994 made Florida one of the first states in the nation to mandate Holocaust education in the public schools from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In a collaboration effort between The FHM and the Pinellas County School System, guidelines were developed for K-12 teachers with grade-appropriate instructional goals and bibliography for teaching the Holocaust. These guidelines are used by teachers throughout the nation as well as in Florida. The FHM’s renowned Teaching Trunk program sends trunks filled with grade-appropriate, dynamic literature and art-based lessons about the Holocaust, genocide and character education free of charge to classrooms throughout Florida and the continental United States. The FHM-created lesson plans and educational guides on the Holocaust and other genocides can also be found at TheFHM.org.