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Public Reading of Holocaust Victims' Names During Yom HaShoah

Davidson College will commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, April 28, from 10 a.m.–7:30 p.m in the Miriam Cannon Hayes Amphitheater in front of the Alvarez College Union. This event is free and open to the public. (Rain location for the readings is the Brown Atrium.)
The day will commence with a public reading of the names of murdered European Jews and the Holocaust’s many other victims on the Davidson College campus.
Readings will take place throughout the day, beginning at 10 a.m. and lasting until 7 p.m.; a ceremony will follow the readings from 7-7:30 p.m.
All interested members of the Davidson Community are invited to participate in these readings. We encourage participants who have family members murdered by the Germans to bring their personal loved ones' names and include them in the readings. Visit sign up for a spot to pick a suitable time and put down your name and contact information.
At the end of these readings, Rabbi Shields will lead a Yom HaShoah ceremony in front of the Alvarez College Union. (Rain location for the ceremony is the Lilly Family Gallery)
Questions? Please contact the event sponsors:
Hannah Sachs ’16, Hillel Chapter of Davidson College
• Michael Shields, campus rabbi
• Thomas Pegelow Kaplan, associate professor of Modern European History

Background on Yom HaShoah

The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as our nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. This genocide was the state-directed, systematic destruction of six million European Jews and millions of others, ranging from homosexuals and Soviet POWs to Roma and people with real and imagined disabilities by the Germans and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

Since 1982, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, created by Congress as a permanent living memorial to this genocide’s victims, has organized and led the national Days of Remembrance ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda. Year after year, the museum staff marks this event together with Holocaust survivors, liberators, members of Congress, White House officials, the diplomatic corps and community leaders. 

The recalling of the names of the deceased and murdered is not only an important part of Jewish religious practices, it also serves as a practice for individuals of all backgrounds, faiths and cultures to commemorate the victims. Much more than a devastating part of Jewish history, the Holocaust is truly an event in global history. This year’s theme, as set by the Holocaust Museum, focuses on “Confronting the Holocaust: American Responses.” It not only allows us to praise the American troops’ contributions to defeating Nazi Germany and liberating camps like Buchenwald, but it also reminds us to be ever vigilant, particularly in light of the United States’ failure to fill the immigration quotas and provide a safe haven for more persecuted European Jews.

In recent years, Davidson College has followed the call of the museum and Congress and held annual commemorations on Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust’s crimes of unimaginable cruelty offer opportunities to recommit to the need for respect for all people and to reflect on the moral responsibilities of individuals and communities today.

The event is supported by the Office of the President of Davidson College, College Chaplain's Office, Davidson College Hillel, the History Department and Temple Kol Tikvah of Lake Norman.​


Knobloch Campus Center Alvarez-Mariam Cannon Hayes Outdoor Amphitheatre

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Sachs, Hannah J