A Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration will be held in Stowe Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community of Greater Stowe.
Holocaust survivor Henia Lewin will speak about “Death and Survival in the Kovno Ghetto: The Personal Story of a Child Smuggled in a Suitcase.”
Lewin, a former professor at the University of Vermont, is an award-winning lecturer and educator. Her story “Sisters Forever” can be heard on NPR’s “The Moth Radio Hour” episode “The Rest Is History.”
JCOGS, the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition and the Vermont Holocaust Memorial organized the program to honor and remember the victims and the survivors of the Holocaust, the unprecedented genocide perpetrated by Nazi Germany and its allies during World War II.
JCOGS Rabbi David Fainsilber will lead the program, joined by representatives of the Greater Stowe Interfaith Coalition. The emphasis will be on remembrance, survival and bearing witness in our time as a way of fighting intolerance and bigotry of all kinds, and calling for courage against hate.
Members of the community will light 12 memorial candles — six for the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, five for the 5 million others murdered for their perceived racial and biological inferiority, and one for the righteous who saved countless others from perishing.
Debora Steinerman — president and co-founder of the Vermont Holocaust Memorial, a child of Holocaust survivors and an organizer of the event — will speak briefly about the need for Holocaust and genocide education in schools and communities. Her organization’s mobile exhibit of stories of survival can be viewed before and after the program.
The annual event is free and open to the public.
JCOGS is at 1189 Cape Cod Road in Stowe. Information: jcogs.org.