YOM HASHOAH

Holocaust Remembrance Day is a commemorative program celebrating the power of the human spirit and the enduring faith of those who witnessed and survived the Holocaust. 

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Yom Hashoah 2021

 

The Holocaust Commission live-streamed its commemorative YOM HASHOAH event on April 8, 2021, featuring guest speaker, survivor Marion Weinzweig of Arizona. View the video on our Facebook page.

 

Thanks to those who lit memorial candles and participated in the Reading of the Names over Zoom on April 9, sponsored by the Beth El Men’s Club.


The work of the Holocaust Commission, which sponsors Yom Hashoah each year, is needed now more than ever. In 2020 we pivoted our programs to be as virtual as possible, and still provide resources to teach the lessons of history’s lowest period to students, the military, and to the community at large. 

 

We invite you to become a WHITE ROSE or RED ROSE donor, by clicking on the White and Red Rose link and making a secure donation.

 

Thank you for your continued support during this difficult time, and see below for some other meaningful events occurring virtually to commemorate Yom Hashoah.

Born in Apt, Poland, in 1941, Marion Weinzweig is among the youngest of all Holocaust survivors. When she was eighteen months old, her parents entrusted her to a non-Jewish business associate and his wife to protect her. When the Nazis were closing in, that family felt all would be safer if they placed her in an orphanage. Because of her fair hair and blue eyes, she was taken in and raised as a Catholic child by the nuns, who had no idea of her Jewish background. 

Sadly, Marion’s mother perished at Treblinka. At the war’s end, Marion’s father, who had survived ghettos and slave labor camps, came to retrieve her, and after much effort, the nuns were forced to relinquish her to him. She did not know the “strange” Jewish man who took her, as she had not seen him since she was a baby. Poland was not a safe place for Jews after the war, so Marion’s father and a surviving uncle smuggled her into Germany, which was ironically now the safest place for Jews, with the Allies in control. As the only Jewish child amid the displaced persons, speaking only Polish and having to learn German and Yiddish, Marion felt lonely and isolated, and she also came to realize that her presence reminded many around her of the children they had lost. 

She moved with what remained of her family to Canada when the opportunity arose. Her journey to healing and back to Judaism began there, and continued after her move to the United States. Today she lives in Arizona and travels the world sharing her story of survival, documented in her book, Lonely Chameleon, to make sure that the history is not forgotten.