May 1-2 is Yom Ha’Shoah. All over the world people are remembering those who were murdered during the Holocaust.
It is our duty as human beings to carry on the memories of people who are no longer with us. That is one of the many reasons why the CSRA Jewish community is hosting a Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony and to give a voice to the victims.
On April 28, 19-year-old John Earnest killed a woman during a shooting rampage at a California synagogue during a Passover celebration, according to authorities. Officials say back in October 2018, another man killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Authorities believe both shootings were anti-Semitic related.
For Jewish people, violence and destruction have never stopped them. They will carry on just as they have done for centuries especially during Yom HaShoah as they honor those who were murdered during the Holocaust.
“A lot of them didn’t have any kind of funeral or service or anything. A lot of them were buried, burned, just terrible things that happened there. Whole families and a whole generation and so it’s our way of committing them to our memory as well as the future as well so that we don’t forget,” said Augusta Jewish Federation President Robin Brigmon.
Brigmon added, “Recent years, the establishment of Israel shows the culmination of a lot of those international efforts so yeah we stand together and of course in the United States, we stand with other Americans against any kind of hate crime so that’s where we are.”
Philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
The Yom Ha’Shoah ceremony starts at 6:45 p.m. at the Augusta Jewish Community Center in Evans. It is encouraged for you to wear a white shirt or blouse.