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Local survivor speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day April 22 … – Canton Repository

Barbara Turkeltaub, Stark County’s oldest living Jewish Holocaust survivor, and her son, Mark, will be the featured speakers at this year’s Community Yom Ha’Shoah

CANTON Barbara Turkeltaub, Stark County’soldest living Jewish Holocaust survivor, and her son, Mark, will be the featured speakers at this year’s Community Yom Ha’Shoah, or Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration.

It will be held at 7 p.m. April24 at BeitHa’Am, 432 30th St. NW.

Turkeltaub was a child when the Nazis attacked her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. She and a younger sister were givenrefuge by a Catholic conventthroughout the war.

She is instrumental in the creation of the Ohio Holocaust Memoriallocated on the ground of the Statehouse. Her late husband, Joseph, also was a Holocaust survivor.

Mark Turkeltaub facilitated testimonies of local survivors andAllied liberators for the Shoah Visual History Foundation.

The program will include a commemorative candle-lightingceremony in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by the Nazis duringWorld War II.

Students from Canton City Schools’ Summit Arts Academy also will participate.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day April 24 at Kean University – NJ TODAY

The annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration at Kean University in New Jersey will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM at the universitys Wilkins Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 1000 Morris Ave., in Union.

The Hon. Prof. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, will speak about Anti-semitism Then and Now. He is also the founder and chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights.

Other featured speakers include Bernard and Henry Schanzer, identical twins who were born in Belgium and fled to France, where they found sanctuary with righteous rescuers during the Holocaust.

This event is free and open to the public, and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. To register, and obtain more information, visit www.jfedgmw.org/kean.

The annual Yom HaShoah commemoration is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Kean Universitys Holocaust Resource Center.

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Jewish Federation and The Pasadena Playhouse Presents for Special Holocaust Remembrance Day Reading – Pasadena Now

In observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and the Pasadena Playhouse are partnering for a special staged reading of Righteous, a Holocaust related play, on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Written by playwright Jeff Cohen, Righteous centers around Eduard Schulte, a prominent German industrialist, who was one of many German citizens who were secretly against Nazism, while his two sons were fighting in the German Army against the Russians. It was Schulte who was first to report to the west of the Nazis intention to murder all of the Jews in Europe and how they were planning to do it. Cohens play captures the essence of this unsung heros life through the eyes of his granddaughter.

The Playhouse is honored to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys to honor victims of the Holocaust, says Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. He continues, We join theaters all over the country in using the power of theater to share their stories.

A program like this allows us to experience art and our history together and not just acknowledge it, but commemorate and remember the lasting impact it has had on peoples lives, explains Jason Moss, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. We sometimes forget that we can learn from the past and it is our responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust, both the events and the people who were impacted, alive because it shaped our world forever.

This play, being read by the Jewish Federations JFed Players, is being performed in partnership with the National Jewish Theater Foundations Remembrance Readings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting the Pasadena Playhouse box office (626.356.7529).

The Pasadena Playhouse is located at39 S. El Molino Ave.

To learn more about this reading, please contact the Jewish Federation (626.445.0810) or the Pasadena Playhouse (626.356.7529).

The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys mission is to build community by strengthening and enhancing Jewish life. The organization does this by providing programs and services that support the needs of the Jewish community from Glendale to Rancho Cucamonga and south to Whittier, and act as the Jewish voice on issues that affect the greater Jewish community.http://www.jewishsgpv.org/

The Pasadena Playhouses mission is to enhance the lives of our community through theatrical productions, community programs and education. This year, The Pasadena Playhouse State Theater of California celebrates its Centennial Anniversary. The Pasadena Playhouse began in 1917 and was recognized by the State Legislature as the State Theater of California in 1937 for bringing national and international renown to the state as a center for dramatic art in 1937.https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/

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Village Green Park to observe Yom Hashoah – The Island Now – Port Washington Times (registration)

Great Neck Village will host Yom Hashoah, or the Day of Remembrance, in Village Green Park on April 23, to remember the Holocaust to prevent it from happening again.

The event differs from past years in that it will be a public program taking place in a Great Neck park rather than inside synagogues. The program aims to reach various communities in the village.

I just hope that people will come and learn and understand the history and really try to find common ground, despite all the dissimilarities we may think we have, said Great Neck Village Mayor Pedram Bral.

Yom Hashoah is a national memorial day in Israel that will be observed beginning at sundown on Sunday, April 23. It commemorates the six million Jews and millions of other civilians taken by the Nazi regime, as well as Jewish resistance.

Typically a siren goes off throughout Israel, pausing all work and traffic for a moment of silence. Vigilant Fire Company will also have a siren go off for one minute.

This years remembrance day comes at a time when the worlds Holocaust survivors are dying. There were about 500,000 living survivors in 2014, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which tracks Holocaust survivors. As of mid-2016, there were 100,000.

Its going to be incumbent upon everyone else in the world to remember it, said Trustee Barton Sobel, whose father is a Holocaust survivor. If everybody forgets what happened, then its an invitation for it to happen again.

Bral echoed that sentiment.

Its extremely important to bring the awareness, especially to the younger people, because many people dont know much about this [the Holocaust], Bral said. And unfortunately, there are people that are Holocaust deniers.

Sobel also said that he sees some similarities with events unfolding around the world, including the Syrian civil war, which has claimed between 320,000 and 470,000 lives, according to estimates.

You see it happening in different countries today. You see the potential in leaders like Kim Jong-un and Bashar al-Assad, who kills his own people, Sobel said. These are things we should all be very sensitive to.

The program in Village Green Park on Middle Neck Road will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – usatoday.com

David Gibson, Religion News Service 3:46 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2017

January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day and honors the millions of people killed under the Nazi regime. Wochit

People gather in the local synagogue of Central Europe’s first Holocaust museum in Budapest on Jan. 27, 2017, during International Holocaust Remembrance Day.(Photo: Attilla Kisbenedek, AFP/Getty Images)

In a departure from predecessors on both sides of the political aisle, President Trumps statement FridaymarkingInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mentionthe deaths of six million Jews a lapse the head of the Anti-Defamation League called puzzling and troubling.

In thethree-paragraph statement Friday,Trump said:It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror.

Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent, he continued, again referring only to the innocent.

In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good, he concluded. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world.

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The White House statement with Trumps remarks misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just innocent people,tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the ADL shortly after the comments were released.

Puzzling and troubling that it has no mention of Jews,Greenblattadded ina follow up tweet.

Greenblatt noted that both Republican and Democratic presidents including all of Obamas statements on the occasion always clearly highlighted the centrality of the genocide of the Jewish people on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations in 2005 to commemorate the deaths of the six million Jews as well as an estimated two million Roma and thousands of disabled and gay people at the hands of the Nazis.

A separate Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by Israel in the 1950s to mark the Jewish losses in particular, which are also traditionally marked by a presidential proclamation.

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Trump’s generic phrasing contrasts considerably with Obamas fuller statements on the occasion, which always spoke about the sufferings of the Jewish people, even thoughTrump has consistently portrayed Obama as a foe of the Jews and Israel.

The failure of the White House to mention the distinctive Jewish losses in the Holocaust could be problematic given that Trump has been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes and his campaign hasbeen accused of employinganti-Semitic tropes. He has also been criticized for failing to call out virulent anti-Semitism among some of his supporters.

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The Trump team’s history of flirting with Holocaust deniers – ThinkProgress

White House press secretary Sean Spicer pauses while talking to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

On Tuesday, the first day of Passover, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a series of statements about Hitler that parallel conspiracy theories common among anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers.

Its hardly the first time that Trump officials have sent veiled signals to neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and white supremacists.

Spicer began on Tuesday by comparing Hitler favorably to the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assadalleging that Hitler, who used poisonous gas to kill millions of Jews, didnt even sink to using chemical weapons.

When given a chance to clarify, Spicer said that Hitler was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing, and that Assad, unlike Hitler, was dropping chemical weapons down to innocents in the middle of town.

In a subsequent clarification, Spicer repeated that Assad used chemical weapons on innocent people, before the statement was changed to read population centers in yet another attempt to walk back his statement.

Spicers statements echo some of the most common talking points of Holocaust deniers.

By suggesting that Hitler did not use chemical weapons, even though Hitler used gas chambers to kill millions, Spicer essentially called into question whether the Holocaust even happened at all. By saying that Assad is different than Hitler because he killed his own people, Spicer tacitly accepted the Nazi definition of Germanimplying, like they did, that German Jews were not actually German. And by defining Assads victims as innocent in apparent contrast to Hitlers victims, Spicers comments play into the anti-Semitic notion that Hitlers victims deserved their deaths.

In a final statement, the White House added a line saying that any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable. This represented the third written statement after Spicers comments.

Its unclear that Spicer actually intended to deny that the Holocaust occurred. Its possible to chalk his statements up to a series of verbal bunglesstupid, maybe, but not intentionally malevolent. But by echoing the statements of Holocaust deniers in multiple ways, he sent a clear dog-whistle of approval to anti-Semites; regardless of what he meant, what he said was a validation of Holocaust denial.

Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, immediately called Spicer out on Twitter.

Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death, he said in a statement calling for Spicers resignation.

Making matters worse, this represents only the latest in a long list of anti-Semitic signals propagated by the Trump team.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, for example, the White House issued a statement that did not mention the Jewish people, an erasure that is also a common tactic of Holocaust deniers. The statement was met with celebration on anti-Semitic websites.

This is the first time in history the President of the United States has made no mention of Jews, anti-Semitism, or the science fiction Zionist folklore about ovens and gas chambers so prominent in (((Hollywood))) narratives, the Daily Stormer, which is named after a Nazi propaganda tabloid, wrote. The three parentheses around Hollywood are a white supremacist designation for people or institutions they consider to be Jewish.

The White House was heavily criticized for the statement. Spicer, however, defended it in his press conference the next day and confirmed that the omission was intentional.

After Spicers statement, the Daily Stormer rejoiced even more, and took it as a confirmation that the statement had been an intentional veiled nod.

We previously reported that the White House released a statement on holohoax remembrance day that failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism. This was in no way accidental, but all in all it was basically a subtle nod to us, site founder Andrew Anglin wrote in a post subtitle Weve got trolls in the White House.

Holohoax is a derogatory styling of Holocaust popular among Holocaust deniers.

President Trump also, echoing former KKK leader David Duke, once suggested that Jews were the ones behind the wave of threats to Jewish schools and centers that followed his election.

He just said, Sometimes its the reverse, to make peopleor to make otherslook bad, and he used the word reverse I would say two or three times in his comments, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said about a conversation he had with Trump, according to BuzzFeeds Chris Geidner.

In general, Trumps administration was largely silent on the wave of threats against Jewish centers. When he finally acknowledged them, Trump claimed that he denounces anti-Semitism wherever I get a chance.

The week before, however, Trump had accused a reporter who asked about the wave of threats of asking not a fair question and refused to answer. He was also asked about the threats two other times but continued to decline to condemn them, often instead attacking the reporters who asked.

It is honestly mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction, Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADLs national director, said in a statement at the time.

This problematic approach to the Jewish community was evident during Trumps presidential campaign, too.

As a candidate, Trump had a persistent habit of retweeting openly racist and anti-Semitic Twitter users. He adopted white supremacist rhetoric, referring to his opponent Hillary Clinton as Americas Angela Merkel, a line that can be found verbatim on white supremacist forums like the neo-Nazi site Stormfront. He also notoriously borrowed an anti-Semitic meme, overlaying a picture of Clinton with a star of David emblazoned with most corrupt candidate ever, which appeared on white supremacist forums before the Trump campaign adopted it.

Trump also repeatedly declined to condemn his white supremacist and neo-Nazi supporters during his campaign. He took days to disavow David Duke, claiming not to be familiar with him despite an on-the-record trail of comments demonstrating that he was. He also declined to condemn the wave of anti-Semitic attacks against reporters who covered him.

During his campaign, Trump paired a refusal to condemn clear instances of anti-Semitism with endorsements of people with white supremacist views, such as his appointment of Steve Bannon to top positions in his administration. The result was an emboldening of hate groups, as well as their related attacks and rhetoric.

We interpret that as an endorsement, the Daily Stormers Anglin told the Huffington Post regarding the Trumps campaign persistent refusal to condemn anti-Semitic attacks.

And now that hes been elected, the Trump White House has only continued the trend.

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Former German president to attend Israeli Holocaust Remembrance – Ynetnews

For the first time ever, a German official will attend an official Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony this year.

Former German President Joachim Gauck, whose term ended about a month ago, has accepted an invitation from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to attend the state ceremony marking the end of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The ceremony will take place on Monday, April 24, at the Ghetto Fighters House.

Presidents Rivlin and Gauck in Berlin marking 50 years of diplomatidc relations between the two countries (Photo: EPA)

The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ghetto Fighters House, Dr. Arik Carmon, explained that Rivlin and his German guest will in effect launch a new approach to dealing with the moral lessons of the Holocaust.

The positioning of the Holocaust as a warning sign is intended to burn its moral lessons in the collective consciousness of all the worlds communities.

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Holocaust survivor to speak at Remembrance Day event – jewishpresstampa

Betty Grebenschikoff Betty Grebenschikoff, a Holocaust survivor whose family fled to China from Nazi Germany in 1939, will be guest speaker at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, April 23.

The community-wide event is being sponsored by the Tampa Rabbinical Association and is being held this year at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, beginning at 4 p.m.

There will be a short memorial service before Grebenschikoff speaks.

Grebenschikoff is the author of the memoir Once my Name Was Sara, a story of hope and survival.

The memoir details her familys flight from Nazi Germany just days before her fathers anticipated arrest by the Gestapo, and her later life growing up in Shanghai, the city that became her home. At the time of their flight, Shanghai offered the only port open to European Jews without visas or passports.

If I hadnt gotten to Shanghai, I would not be here today, because Shanghai was the loophole that allowed 20,000 Jewish people from Europe to find a haven, Grebenschikoff told one audience. There was no other place where we could go at that time.

Grebenschikoff met and married her husband during her time living in Shanghai and their wedding picture is in the Shanghai Refugee Museum. She also donated her wedding dress to the museum.

In 1950, political events in China made yet another escape necessary, this time to Australia. Grebenschikoff finally realized her dream of emigrating to America in 1953.

In the documentary, Survival in Shanghai, one of two films that features Grebenschikoff, she expresses her appreciation. Im very grateful to the city that we survived here. Because of surviving in Shanghai, I have four children, and I have 12 grandchildren and two great grand-children. I have created my own family.

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Hill hosts 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Month | Hilltop Times Hill … – Hilltop Times

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jewish people and 5 million others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning sacrifice by fire. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933 believed that Germans were racially superior and that the Jewish people, deemed inferior, were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community (https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143).

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day of memorial for those who perished as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany, and for the Jewish resistance during that period. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, whuch means Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism (http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/yom-hashoah-holocaust-memorial-day/). Usually observed in April or May, it is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisana week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israels fallen soldiers). The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nations annual commemoration of Holocaust victims and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in memory of them. (https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/yom-hashoah)

One of the reasons America continues to remember the Holocaust is that throughout history, hatred against particular groups of people has led to genocide. It is something that has followed us into modern times, all over the world. There are societies whose lives are in danger by circumstances of their birth. This is why we continue to strive for equal rights and liberty for all, anywhere in the world. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke once said, The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

This year, Team Hill will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Month by hosting a Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday, April 25, from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Nate Mazer Chapel. This years theme is Learning from the Holocaust: The Strength of the Human Spirit, with special keynote speakers: Holocaust survivor decedent and Jewish educator, Dr. Karen Hirsch; Holocaust survivor and friend of Ann Frank, Ms. Liesel Shineberg; and Holocaust survivor, Israeli Army and U.S. Special Forces veteran, Mr. Jerry Meents. Come join us in listening to their accounts and giving honor to the victims lost and those still with us today.

For more information, please contact Tech. Sgt. Nathan Genteman, nathan.genteman@us.af.mil, 777-3139 or Irene Jones, irene.jones.1@us.af.mil, 777-9035.

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Barbara Turkeltaub, Stark County’s oldest living Jewish Holocaust survivor, and her son, Mark, will be the featured speakers at this year’s Community Yom Ha’Shoah CANTON Barbara Turkeltaub, Stark County’soldest living Jewish Holocaust survivor, and her son, Mark, will be the featured speakers at this year’s Community Yom Ha’Shoah, or Jewish Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration. It will be held at 7 p.m. April24 at BeitHa’Am, 432 30th St. NW. Turkeltaub was a child when the Nazis attacked her hometown of Vilnius, Lithuania. She and a younger sister were givenrefuge by a Catholic conventthroughout the war. She is instrumental in the creation of the Ohio Holocaust Memoriallocated on the ground of the Statehouse. Her late husband, Joseph, also was a Holocaust survivor. Mark Turkeltaub facilitated testimonies of local survivors andAllied liberators for the Shoah Visual History Foundation. The program will include a commemorative candle-lightingceremony in memory of the 6 million Jews systematically killed by the Nazis duringWorld War II. Students from Canton City Schools’ Summit Arts Academy also will participate.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day April 24 at Kean University – NJ TODAY

The annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) commemoration at Kean University in New Jersey will take place on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 6:45 PM at the universitys Wilkins Theatre for the Performing Arts, located at 1000 Morris Ave., in Union. The Hon. Prof. Irwin Cotler, P.C., O.C., former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, will speak about Anti-semitism Then and Now. He is also the founder and chair of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights. Other featured speakers include Bernard and Henry Schanzer, identical twins who were born in Belgium and fled to France, where they found sanctuary with righteous rescuers during the Holocaust. This event is free and open to the public, and American Sign Language interpretation will be provided. To register, and obtain more information, visit www.jfedgmw.org/kean. The annual Yom HaShoah commemoration is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ and Kean Universitys Holocaust Resource Center.

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Jewish Federation and The Pasadena Playhouse Presents for Special Holocaust Remembrance Day Reading – Pasadena Now

In observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys and the Pasadena Playhouse are partnering for a special staged reading of Righteous, a Holocaust related play, on Monday, April 24 at 7:00 p.m. at the Pasadena Playhouse. Written by playwright Jeff Cohen, Righteous centers around Eduard Schulte, a prominent German industrialist, who was one of many German citizens who were secretly against Nazism, while his two sons were fighting in the German Army against the Russians. It was Schulte who was first to report to the west of the Nazis intention to murder all of the Jews in Europe and how they were planning to do it. Cohens play captures the essence of this unsung heros life through the eyes of his granddaughter. The Playhouse is honored to partner with the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys to honor victims of the Holocaust, says Danny Feldman, Producing Artistic Director of the Pasadena Playhouse. He continues, We join theaters all over the country in using the power of theater to share their stories. A program like this allows us to experience art and our history together and not just acknowledge it, but commemorate and remember the lasting impact it has had on peoples lives, explains Jason Moss, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys. We sometimes forget that we can learn from the past and it is our responsibility to keep the memory of the Holocaust, both the events and the people who were impacted, alive because it shaped our world forever. This play, being read by the Jewish Federations JFed Players, is being performed in partnership with the National Jewish Theater Foundations Remembrance Readings. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by contacting the Pasadena Playhouse box office (626.356.7529). The Pasadena Playhouse is located at39 S. El Molino Ave. To learn more about this reading, please contact the Jewish Federation (626.445.0810) or the Pasadena Playhouse (626.356.7529). The Jewish Federation of the Greater San Gabriel and Pomona Valleys mission is to build community by strengthening and enhancing Jewish life. The organization does this by providing programs and services that support the needs of the Jewish community from Glendale to Rancho Cucamonga and south to Whittier, and act as the Jewish voice on issues that affect the greater Jewish community.http://www.jewishsgpv.org/ The Pasadena Playhouses mission is to enhance the lives of our community through theatrical productions, community programs and education. This year, The Pasadena Playhouse State Theater of California celebrates its Centennial Anniversary. The Pasadena Playhouse began in 1917 and was recognized by the State Legislature as the State Theater of California in 1937 for bringing national and international renown to the state as a center for dramatic art in 1937.https://www.pasadenaplayhouse.org/

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Village Green Park to observe Yom Hashoah – The Island Now – Port Washington Times (registration)

Great Neck Village will host Yom Hashoah, or the Day of Remembrance, in Village Green Park on April 23, to remember the Holocaust to prevent it from happening again. The event differs from past years in that it will be a public program taking place in a Great Neck park rather than inside synagogues. The program aims to reach various communities in the village. I just hope that people will come and learn and understand the history and really try to find common ground, despite all the dissimilarities we may think we have, said Great Neck Village Mayor Pedram Bral. Yom Hashoah is a national memorial day in Israel that will be observed beginning at sundown on Sunday, April 23. It commemorates the six million Jews and millions of other civilians taken by the Nazi regime, as well as Jewish resistance. Typically a siren goes off throughout Israel, pausing all work and traffic for a moment of silence. Vigilant Fire Company will also have a siren go off for one minute. This years remembrance day comes at a time when the worlds Holocaust survivors are dying. There were about 500,000 living survivors in 2014, according to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which tracks Holocaust survivors. As of mid-2016, there were 100,000. Its going to be incumbent upon everyone else in the world to remember it, said Trustee Barton Sobel, whose father is a Holocaust survivor. If everybody forgets what happened, then its an invitation for it to happen again. Bral echoed that sentiment. Its extremely important to bring the awareness, especially to the younger people, because many people dont know much about this [the Holocaust], Bral said. And unfortunately, there are people that are Holocaust deniers. Sobel also said that he sees some similarities with events unfolding around the world, including the Syrian civil war, which has claimed between 320,000 and 470,000 lives, according to estimates. You see it happening in different countries today. You see the potential in leaders like Kim Jong-un and Bashar al-Assad, who kills his own people, Sobel said. These are things we should all be very sensitive to. The program in Village Green Park on Middle Neck Road will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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International Holocaust Remembrance Day – usatoday.com

David Gibson, Religion News Service 3:46 p.m. ET Jan. 27, 2017 January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day and honors the millions of people killed under the Nazi regime. Wochit People gather in the local synagogue of Central Europe’s first Holocaust museum in Budapest on Jan. 27, 2017, during International Holocaust Remembrance Day.(Photo: Attilla Kisbenedek, AFP/Getty Images) In a departure from predecessors on both sides of the political aisle, President Trumps statement FridaymarkingInternational Holocaust Remembrance Day did not mentionthe deaths of six million Jews a lapse the head of the Anti-Defamation League called puzzling and troubling. In thethree-paragraph statement Friday,Trump said:It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust. It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest. As we remember those who died, we are deeply grateful to those who risked their lives to save the innocent, he continued, again referring only to the innocent. In the name of the perished, I pledge to do everything in my power throughout my Presidency, and my life, to ensure that the forces of evil never again defeat the powers of good, he concluded. Together, we will make love and tolerance prevalent throughout the world. USA TODAY Powerful photos show Holocaust refugees turned away by U.S. USA TODAY Auschwitz survivors make painful pilgrimage 72 years later to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day USA TODAY Germany slowly relaxes its grip on how it confronts the Holocaust The White House statement with Trumps remarks misses that it was six million Jews who perished, not just innocent people,tweeted Jonathan Greenblatt, national director of the ADL shortly after the comments were released. Puzzling and troubling that it has no mention of Jews,Greenblattadded ina follow up tweet. Greenblatt noted that both Republican and Democratic presidents including all of Obamas statements on the occasion always clearly highlighted the centrality of the genocide of the Jewish people on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations in 2005 to commemorate the deaths of the six million Jews as well as an estimated two million Roma and thousands of disabled and gay people at the hands of the Nazis. A separate Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by Israel in the 1950s to mark the Jewish losses in particular, which are also traditionally marked by a presidential proclamation. USA TODAY The unlikely allies assisting Israels Jewish Holocaust survivors USA TODAY Holocaust survivor told story to thousands of students Trump’s generic phrasing contrasts considerably with Obamas fuller statements on the occasion, which always spoke about the sufferings of the Jewish people, even thoughTrump has consistently portrayed Obama as a foe of the Jews and Israel. The failure of the White House to mention the distinctive Jewish losses in the Holocaust could be problematic given that Trump has been accused of trafficking in anti-Semitic stereotypes and his campaign hasbeen accused of employinganti-Semitic tropes. He has also been criticized for failing to call out virulent anti-Semitism among some of his supporters. Autoplay Show Thumbnails Show Captions Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/2jFMSig

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The Trump team’s history of flirting with Holocaust deniers – ThinkProgress

White House press secretary Sean Spicer pauses while talking to the media during the daily press briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 11, 2017 CREDIT: AP Photo/Andrew Harnik On Tuesday, the first day of Passover, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer made a series of statements about Hitler that parallel conspiracy theories common among anti-Semites and Holocaust deniers. Its hardly the first time that Trump officials have sent veiled signals to neo-Nazis, anti-Semites, and white supremacists. Spicer began on Tuesday by comparing Hitler favorably to the Syrian leader Bashar al-Assadalleging that Hitler, who used poisonous gas to kill millions of Jews, didnt even sink to using chemical weapons. When given a chance to clarify, Spicer said that Hitler was not using the gas on his own people the same way that Assad is doing, and that Assad, unlike Hitler, was dropping chemical weapons down to innocents in the middle of town. In a subsequent clarification, Spicer repeated that Assad used chemical weapons on innocent people, before the statement was changed to read population centers in yet another attempt to walk back his statement. Spicers statements echo some of the most common talking points of Holocaust deniers. By suggesting that Hitler did not use chemical weapons, even though Hitler used gas chambers to kill millions, Spicer essentially called into question whether the Holocaust even happened at all. By saying that Assad is different than Hitler because he killed his own people, Spicer tacitly accepted the Nazi definition of Germanimplying, like they did, that German Jews were not actually German. And by defining Assads victims as innocent in apparent contrast to Hitlers victims, Spicers comments play into the anti-Semitic notion that Hitlers victims deserved their deaths. In a final statement, the White House added a line saying that any attack on innocent people is reprehensible and inexcusable. This represented the third written statement after Spicers comments. Its unclear that Spicer actually intended to deny that the Holocaust occurred. Its possible to chalk his statements up to a series of verbal bunglesstupid, maybe, but not intentionally malevolent. But by echoing the statements of Holocaust deniers in multiple ways, he sent a clear dog-whistle of approval to anti-Semites; regardless of what he meant, what he said was a validation of Holocaust denial. Steven Goldstein, Executive Director of the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect, immediately called Spicer out on Twitter. Sean Spicer has engaged in Holocaust denial, the most offensive form of fake news imaginable, by denying Hitler gassed millions of Jews to death, he said in a statement calling for Spicers resignation. Making matters worse, this represents only the latest in a long list of anti-Semitic signals propagated by the Trump team. On Holocaust Remembrance Day, for example, the White House issued a statement that did not mention the Jewish people, an erasure that is also a common tactic of Holocaust deniers. The statement was met with celebration on anti-Semitic websites. This is the first time in history the President of the United States has made no mention of Jews, anti-Semitism, or the science fiction Zionist folklore about ovens and gas chambers so prominent in (((Hollywood))) narratives, the Daily Stormer, which is named after a Nazi propaganda tabloid, wrote. The three parentheses around Hollywood are a white supremacist designation for people or institutions they consider to be Jewish. The White House was heavily criticized for the statement. Spicer, however, defended it in his press conference the next day and confirmed that the omission was intentional. After Spicers statement, the Daily Stormer rejoiced even more, and took it as a confirmation that the statement had been an intentional veiled nod. We previously reported that the White House released a statement on holohoax remembrance day that failed to mention Jews or anti-Semitism. This was in no way accidental, but all in all it was basically a subtle nod to us, site founder Andrew Anglin wrote in a post subtitle Weve got trolls in the White House. Holohoax is a derogatory styling of Holocaust popular among Holocaust deniers. President Trump also, echoing former KKK leader David Duke, once suggested that Jews were the ones behind the wave of threats to Jewish schools and centers that followed his election. He just said, Sometimes its the reverse, to make peopleor to make otherslook bad, and he used the word reverse I would say two or three times in his comments, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said about a conversation he had with Trump, according to BuzzFeeds Chris Geidner. In general, Trumps administration was largely silent on the wave of threats against Jewish centers. When he finally acknowledged them, Trump claimed that he denounces anti-Semitism wherever I get a chance. The week before, however, Trump had accused a reporter who asked about the wave of threats of asking not a fair question and refused to answer. He was also asked about the threats two other times but continued to decline to condemn them, often instead attacking the reporters who asked. It is honestly mind-boggling why President Trump prefers to shout down a reporter or brush this off as a political distraction, Jonathan Greenblatt, the ADLs national director, said in a statement at the time. This problematic approach to the Jewish community was evident during Trumps presidential campaign, too. As a candidate, Trump had a persistent habit of retweeting openly racist and anti-Semitic Twitter users. He adopted white supremacist rhetoric, referring to his opponent Hillary Clinton as Americas Angela Merkel, a line that can be found verbatim on white supremacist forums like the neo-Nazi site Stormfront. He also notoriously borrowed an anti-Semitic meme, overlaying a picture of Clinton with a star of David emblazoned with most corrupt candidate ever, which appeared on white supremacist forums before the Trump campaign adopted it. Trump also repeatedly declined to condemn his white supremacist and neo-Nazi supporters during his campaign. He took days to disavow David Duke, claiming not to be familiar with him despite an on-the-record trail of comments demonstrating that he was. He also declined to condemn the wave of anti-Semitic attacks against reporters who covered him. During his campaign, Trump paired a refusal to condemn clear instances of anti-Semitism with endorsements of people with white supremacist views, such as his appointment of Steve Bannon to top positions in his administration. The result was an emboldening of hate groups, as well as their related attacks and rhetoric. We interpret that as an endorsement, the Daily Stormers Anglin told the Huffington Post regarding the Trumps campaign persistent refusal to condemn anti-Semitic attacks. And now that hes been elected, the Trump White House has only continued the trend.

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Former German president to attend Israeli Holocaust Remembrance – Ynetnews

For the first time ever, a German official will attend an official Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony this year. Former German President Joachim Gauck, whose term ended about a month ago, has accepted an invitation from Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to attend the state ceremony marking the end of Holocaust Remembrance Day. The ceremony will take place on Monday, April 24, at the Ghetto Fighters House. Presidents Rivlin and Gauck in Berlin marking 50 years of diplomatidc relations between the two countries (Photo: EPA) The Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Ghetto Fighters House, Dr. Arik Carmon, explained that Rivlin and his German guest will in effect launch a new approach to dealing with the moral lessons of the Holocaust. The positioning of the Holocaust as a warning sign is intended to burn its moral lessons in the collective consciousness of all the worlds communities.

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Holocaust survivor to speak at Remembrance Day event – jewishpresstampa

Betty Grebenschikoff Betty Grebenschikoff, a Holocaust survivor whose family fled to China from Nazi Germany in 1939, will be guest speaker at a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony on Sunday, April 23. The community-wide event is being sponsored by the Tampa Rabbinical Association and is being held this year at Congregation Beth Am, 2030 W. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, beginning at 4 p.m. There will be a short memorial service before Grebenschikoff speaks. Grebenschikoff is the author of the memoir Once my Name Was Sara, a story of hope and survival. The memoir details her familys flight from Nazi Germany just days before her fathers anticipated arrest by the Gestapo, and her later life growing up in Shanghai, the city that became her home. At the time of their flight, Shanghai offered the only port open to European Jews without visas or passports. If I hadnt gotten to Shanghai, I would not be here today, because Shanghai was the loophole that allowed 20,000 Jewish people from Europe to find a haven, Grebenschikoff told one audience. There was no other place where we could go at that time. Grebenschikoff met and married her husband during her time living in Shanghai and their wedding picture is in the Shanghai Refugee Museum. She also donated her wedding dress to the museum. In 1950, political events in China made yet another escape necessary, this time to Australia. Grebenschikoff finally realized her dream of emigrating to America in 1953. In the documentary, Survival in Shanghai, one of two films that features Grebenschikoff, she expresses her appreciation. Im very grateful to the city that we survived here. Because of surviving in Shanghai, I have four children, and I have 12 grandchildren and two great grand-children. I have created my own family.

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Hill hosts 2017 Holocaust Remembrance Month | Hilltop Times Hill … – Hilltop Times

The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jewish people and 5 million others by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning sacrifice by fire. The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933 believed that Germans were racially superior and that the Jewish people, deemed inferior, were an alien threat to the so-called German racial community (https://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005143). Holocaust Remembrance Day is a day of memorial for those who perished as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany, and for the Jewish resistance during that period. The full name of the day is Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah, whuch means Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism (http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/yom-hashoah-holocaust-memorial-day/). Usually observed in April or May, it is marked on the 27th day in the month of Nisana week after the seventh day of Passover, and a week before Yom Hazikaron (Memorial Day for Israels fallen soldiers). The U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nations annual commemoration of Holocaust victims and created the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in memory of them. (https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/yom-hashoah) One of the reasons America continues to remember the Holocaust is that throughout history, hatred against particular groups of people has led to genocide. It is something that has followed us into modern times, all over the world. There are societies whose lives are in danger by circumstances of their birth. This is why we continue to strive for equal rights and liberty for all, anywhere in the world. As the great parliamentarian Edmund Burke once said, The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. This year, Team Hill will recognize Holocaust Remembrance Month by hosting a Remembrance Day Service on Tuesday, April 25, from 9:30-11 a.m., at the Hill Aerospace Museum, Nate Mazer Chapel. This years theme is Learning from the Holocaust: The Strength of the Human Spirit, with special keynote speakers: Holocaust survivor decedent and Jewish educator, Dr. Karen Hirsch; Holocaust survivor and friend of Ann Frank, Ms. Liesel Shineberg; and Holocaust survivor, Israeli Army and U.S. Special Forces veteran, Mr. Jerry Meents. Come join us in listening to their accounts and giving honor to the victims lost and those still with us today. For more information, please contact Tech. Sgt. Nathan Genteman, nathan.genteman@us.af.mil, 777-3139 or Irene Jones, irene.jones.1@us.af.mil, 777-9035.

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