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SNYDER’S STOUGHTON: Stoughton remembers the Holocaust – Wicked Local Stoughton

by Mark Snyder

The loss of life during the Holocaust is almost unimaginable. While it is difficult to recall such tragic events, each year Jews around the world commemorate this event, so as to remind ourselves and others of what happened during those years of World War II.

That special day is “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah, and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day.

Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St., Stoughton will host the solemn event as eight synagogues combine at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23.

Ahavath Torah Congregation’s religious leader, Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, tells Snyder’s Stoughton, The Holocaust Museum in DC is a living witness to what happened in that time period. You can’t leave there without it changing you. In history, you end up having scapegoats. Jews have been scapegoats for 1,900 years.

Hausman told me, Locally, this Yom HaSoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program is a long-standing community program. This program has been here all 21 years I’ve been serving in Stoughton. At least seven local synagogues participate every (year).It’s our way of commemorating the ultimate destruction of Jews and their Community by Hitler and totalitarians. This is the first time it’s been held in Stoughton. Usually it’s in Sharon. This year, it’s with us. I’m very pleased about that.”

The rabbi said, “It’s a good confluence that we’re hosting this year because of what has happened in the school system over the past several months. The program hopefully will raise consciousness in town of anti-Semitism. Historically, what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews.

Concludes Hausman, The program is not just meant for the people of the (eight) synagogues. The doors are open to anyone who would like to attend. You don’t have to be Jewish to attend. It’s a community event.

Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion.

The Yom HaShoah vHaGvurah service will include candle lighting, reading of names, and testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust. For information: Linda Rudman at nanaofseven@comcast.net or 508-297-0479.

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STOUGHTON MAN PROMOTED IN STATE POLICE FORCE: Stoughton resident Steven Bennett was promoted to the rank of detective lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police. He started his career with the force 31 years ago and has spent the last 14 years working in Crime Scene Services, working numerous high profile homicides. He is the husband of Mary Coulter-Bennett and father of Kendall and Mia Bennett. Congratulations! Stoughton is proud of you.

A NEW 5K RUN IS COMING! The Stoughton Community Events Committee (SCEC) is offering its first annual Stoughton Day Knights 5k Run & Squire Fun Run Saturday, June 24.

The Knights Run and the Squire Fun Run will be a great way to kick off Stoughton Day.

Proceeds from the run, sponsored by the Stoughton Recreation Department, will benefit Stoughton’s annual Third of July Fireworks.

To register: https://my.racewire.com/event/4812.

STOUGHTON CENTER GETS BISTRO TABLES & CHAIRS: Have you seen the new bistro tables and chairs set up in the entry foyer of the State Theatre? They are compliments of the Friends of Stoughton Center. They have a couple of more tables and are open to suggestions as to where they might be a good fit in the Square. The Friends appreciate the support they receive from so many residents and businesses and look forward to further improvements in the Stoughton downtown. Check out the Friends of Stoughton Center Facebook page. Forrest Lindwall is president of the group.

Mark Snyder, who has written more than 2,000 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the Internets entertainment superstation,andsnydersstoughton.com,local website that has recorded more than 35 million hits since the start of 2013. He also created the Stoughton News group on Facebook. Mark can be reached by fax toll-free at866-655-8234, bye-mailatsnydersstoughton2011@gmail.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio).

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Local survivor speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day April 24 – 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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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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SNYDER’S STOUGHTON: Stoughton remembers the Holocaust – Wicked Local Stoughton

by Mark Snyder The loss of life during the Holocaust is almost unimaginable. While it is difficult to recall such tragic events, each year Jews around the world commemorate this event, so as to remind ourselves and others of what happened during those years of World War II. That special day is “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day, known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah, and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day. Ahavath Torah Congregation, 1179 Central St., Stoughton will host the solemn event as eight synagogues combine at 7 p.m. Sunday, April 23. Ahavath Torah Congregation’s religious leader, Rabbi Jonathan Hausman, tells Snyder’s Stoughton, The Holocaust Museum in DC is a living witness to what happened in that time period. You can’t leave there without it changing you. In history, you end up having scapegoats. Jews have been scapegoats for 1,900 years. Hausman told me, Locally, this Yom HaSoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) program is a long-standing community program. This program has been here all 21 years I’ve been serving in Stoughton. At least seven local synagogues participate every (year).It’s our way of commemorating the ultimate destruction of Jews and their Community by Hitler and totalitarians. This is the first time it’s been held in Stoughton. Usually it’s in Sharon. This year, it’s with us. I’m very pleased about that.” The rabbi said, “It’s a good confluence that we’re hosting this year because of what has happened in the school system over the past several months. The program hopefully will raise consciousness in town of anti-Semitism. Historically, what starts with the Jews never ends with the Jews. Concludes Hausman, The program is not just meant for the people of the (eight) synagogues. The doors are open to anyone who would like to attend. You don’t have to be Jewish to attend. It’s a community event. Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated in 1953, anchored by a law signed by Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion. The Yom HaShoah vHaGvurah service will include candle lighting, reading of names, and testimonies from survivors of the Holocaust. For information: Linda Rudman at nanaofseven@comcast.net or 508-297-0479. RUMBLINGS AROUND TOWN STOUGHTON MAN PROMOTED IN STATE POLICE FORCE: Stoughton resident Steven Bennett was promoted to the rank of detective lieutenant with the Massachusetts State Police. He started his career with the force 31 years ago and has spent the last 14 years working in Crime Scene Services, working numerous high profile homicides. He is the husband of Mary Coulter-Bennett and father of Kendall and Mia Bennett. Congratulations! Stoughton is proud of you. A NEW 5K RUN IS COMING! The Stoughton Community Events Committee (SCEC) is offering its first annual Stoughton Day Knights 5k Run & Squire Fun Run Saturday, June 24. The Knights Run and the Squire Fun Run will be a great way to kick off Stoughton Day. Proceeds from the run, sponsored by the Stoughton Recreation Department, will benefit Stoughton’s annual Third of July Fireworks. To register: https://my.racewire.com/event/4812. STOUGHTON CENTER GETS BISTRO TABLES & CHAIRS: Have you seen the new bistro tables and chairs set up in the entry foyer of the State Theatre? They are compliments of the Friends of Stoughton Center. They have a couple of more tables and are open to suggestions as to where they might be a good fit in the Square. The Friends appreciate the support they receive from so many residents and businesses and look forward to further improvements in the Stoughton downtown. Check out the Friends of Stoughton Center Facebook page. Forrest Lindwall is president of the group. Mark Snyder, who has written more than 2,000 articles in newspapers and magazines, and published three books, is the CEO of PMPNetwork.com, the Internets entertainment superstation,andsnydersstoughton.com,local website that has recorded more than 35 million hits since the start of 2013. He also created the Stoughton News group on Facebook. Mark can be reached by fax toll-free at866-655-8234, bye-mailatsnydersstoughton2011@gmail.com, or on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/MarkSnyderTVRadio).

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Local survivor speaks at Holocaust Remembrance Day April 24 – 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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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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