The 2019 Yom Hashoah program will be held at Temple Israel on May 1 at 6:45 PM, with guest speaker, Dr. Roger Loria. It honors the survivors, liberators, and righteous gentiles who reside in Hampton Roads, as well as the memory of the victims.
During the evening program, the Holocaust Commission applauds those making a difference now and for the future, announcing and recognizing the winners of the Commission’s annual Elie Wiesel Student Writing and Visual Arts Competitions, recipients of the Holocaust Commission’s Educator Awards, and its White Rose and Red Rose donors.
Our speaker for Yom Hashoah 2018 was Dr. Mark Wygoda, son of Hermann Wygoda, also known as “Comandante Enrico,” to the 2,500 partisan troops he commanded as a Division Commander in the Italian Liberation Army from 1944-45. His family’s sole survivor, Hermann was a German-born Polish Jew who lived a covert life both in Poland, where he had been a smuggler to the Warsaw ghetto, and in Germany, where he had been a foreman, translator, and armed courier for a German business. As a Partisan commander, he planned war actions, negotiated prisoner exchanges with the local German commander, and ultimately helped liberate the city of Savona, Italy.
Dr. Mark Wygoda, a Biology professor at McNeese State University, shared his father’s amazing story and its lessons with our community, as we honored and remembered the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
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