On Sunday, April 27th The Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center will host two Holocaust Remembrance Day programs open to the community.
At the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island from 10:30 to 12:30 pm: a candle lighting and memorial service with a performance by students from the Seattle Hebrew Academy, and comments and music with Rabbi Jim Mirel and Rivy Poupko Kletenik.
At Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus in Seattle from 2:30 to 4:30 pm: Holocaust survivor Josh Gortler, author David Laskin, and Dr. Daniel Chirot will speak on the topics of family and memory.
Bestselling author David Laskin’s lecture will be about his critically acclaimed memoir, The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the 20th Century, which tells his family’s story framed by the Holocaust.
As stated in the publisher’s synopsis, “the torrent of history took [Mr. Laskin’s] family down three very different roads. One branch immigrated to America and founded the fabulously successful Maidenform Bra Company; another went to Palestine as pioneers and participated in the contentious birth of the state of Israel; the third branch remained in Europe and suffered the onslaught of the Nazi occupation. In tracing the roots of [his] family… Laskin captures the epic sweep of the twentieth century. A modern-day scribe, Laskin honors the traditions, the lives, and the choices of his ancestors.”
The mission of the Washington State Holocaust Education Resource Center is to inspire teaching and learning for humanity in the schools and communities of this region through the study of the Holocaust. The Holocaust Center reaches 40,000 students throughout the Pacific Northwest, challenging students and citizens of all ages to promote human dignity, confront hatred, and work to prevent human rights violations, from bullying in the classroom to contemporary genocide.
To learn more about the Holocaust Center, please visit our website at www.wsherc.org.