Central Indiana Holocaust Remembrance events
April 24 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a time to commemorate the six million Jewish people who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories. Throughout the week there will be several opportunities to learn about the significance of the Holocaust and to honor the dead. Many of the events include talks about the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, lighting of candles to remember those who did not survive, and performances of music.
The Holocaust was a unique evil, but sadly it was not the only act of genocide in recent years. On April 23 the Peace Center for Forgiveness and Reconciliation presents “Remembering…As We Raise Awareness of Genocide Consequences.” It’s a memorial to the survivors of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis.
Each of these events is different. Some of the speakers who will educate us:
- Henriette Nyirarukundo Ngenga is a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide against Tutsis. She is the co-author of Carrying Divine: My Rwandan Genocide Survivor Story. Hers is a powerful story of protecting family and keeping faith in God. She’ll talk at the Rwandan genocide commemoration April 23, as well as other survivors and a panel of human rights experts.
- Steven Koek from the Illinois Holocaust Museum will talk about his father at the April 23 event at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Learn more about his story here.
- Edward T. Linenthal, Professor of History at Indiana University, will speak at IUPUI April 24. Prof. Linenthal is an expert in “sacred ground”, that is, the places that are sanctified by sacrifice of one sort of another (and later frequently commercialized). He worked on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum; and his Preserving Memory: The Struggle to Create America’s Holocaust Museum describes various controversies and debates pertaining to the planning and building of the museum.
- Maya Schmoel will talk about discovering her family’s Holocaust history at Carmel’s Holocaust Remembrance on April 28. Learn about her story here.
- Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein will speak alongside his daughter and co-author Debbie Bornstein Holinstat about their book Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz. They’ll sign copies of their book at Congregation Beth-el Zedeck on April 30.