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Yom HaShoah: Week of Holocaust Remembrance
April 7 - April 14
Join us April 7-14, 2021 for a meaningful week of Holocaust remembrance. Tune into our local PBS station, CET, on Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. for this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration to remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors. Yom HaShoah ordinarily takes place in person, often attended by hundreds of people from across the region, but unfortunately that is not possible this year. As such, CET and the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center have partnered in 2021 to bring these remembrances to a wide audience in a 30-minute broadcast format, one that is particularly meaningful to the hundreds of survivors living in the Greater Cincinnati area today. This commemoration will include stories of Holocaust survivors woven throughout as well as music, candle lighting, and moving prayers. This special Yom HaShoah will give our community the chance to shine a light on the value of promoting human rights, ethics, and civic engagement while informing a broader sense of awareness for all. Streaming on YouTube, Facebook and the PBS Video App on April 7 at 7 p.m.
EVENT SCHEDULE FOR YOM HASHOAH
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7
Holocaust Speaker Series: Mark Heiman
11:00 am EST | Zoom
Generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine, Mark Heiman will tell the story of his family, originally from Demmelsdorf, a small farming community in Bavaria. Mark’s grandfather, Karl, served in the German army in WWI. He later moved to Munich where he established a textile business and raised a family. Mark’s father, Paul, was 12 years old when he witnessed his Jewish school being burned down the day after Kristallnacht. Arrested on Kristallnacht, Karl was interned in Dachau concentration camp.
My Story: Erika Gold and Helen Marks with Sarah Weiss
Wednesday, April 7, 4:00 pm EST | Zoom
Holocaust survivors Erika Gold and Helen Marks have spent decades bravely telling their harrowing stories of survival to students and adults alike, reliving horrific and painful memories in order to share truths of human history with the next generation. Join Sarah Weiss, CEO of the Holocaust & Humanity Center, as she interviews these two fascinating and fearless women.
THURSDAY, APRIL 8
Ohio Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration
4:00 pm EST | Zoom
Join us as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine hosts the 41st Annual Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration. The memorial event will provide an opportunity for reflection and remembrance, and speakers will include local Holocaust survivor Dr. Al Miller and Dr. Stephen Smith, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation.
SUNDAY, APRIL 11
Yom HaShoah Commemoration
2:30 pm EST | CET on Television
Tune into Cincinnati’s local PBS station, CET, for this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration to remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors. This moving commemoration will feature local survivors taking part in a candle lighting ceremony, a musical performance, and remarks from local leaders and community members.
MONDAY, APRIL 12
Students Carrying Stories Forward
Visit the Holocaust & Humanity Center Facebook page throughout the day on Monday, April 12th to see students carrying the stories of Holocaust survivors forward through monologue performances and sharing poems and essays.
TUESDAY, APRIL 13
Dr. Ann Millin: Carrying Stories Forward
7:00 pm EST | Zoom
Every human life is a unique story. By sharing our stories with each other, we form communities that pass our stories on to future generations. These stories help us to remember who we are and therefore, what we must do. Join us to hear from featured speaker and historian Dr. Ann Millin, who will discuss her experience interviewing Holocaust survivors in Cincinnati and the importance of carrying these stories forward. Dr. Millin retired in 2018 from a twenty-year career at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she has taught Jewish History, Judaic Studies, World Religions, and Holocaust studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky at Lexington.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14
Holocaust Speaker Series: Melissa Hunter
11:00 am EST | Zoom
Melissa Hunter will share her grandmother’s story. Melissa W. Hunter, author of What She Lost, is a writer and blogger from Cincinnati. She studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a BA in English literature and a minor in Judaic studies. Her novel What She Lost is inspired by her grandmother’s life as a Holocaust survivor.