‘We must remember’

Columbia to commemorate the Holocaust at annual program

From staff reportsApril 25, 2014 

Chassey

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration

    WHO: Columbia Jewish Federation Yom HaShoah Committee and Beth Shalom Synagogue

    WHAT: Commemorating the Holocaust and Honoring Survivors, Liberators and Holocaust Educators

    WHEN: 5 p.m. Sunday

    WHERE: Beth Shalom Synagogue, 5827 N. Trenholm Road

A local World War II veteran and concentration camp liberator will be the featured speaker at Columbia’s annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration on Sunday at Beth Shalom Synagogue.

The Rev. Canon George I. Chassey will share his story of liberating Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and the evening will also feature dramatic readings of classic Holocaust-era poetry and local musician Solomon Eichner on the piano. The annual commemoration publicly acknowledges the horrors of the Holocaust, remembers the lives taken by the Nazi regime, and honors the soldiers who liberated Europe’s concentration camps.

Beth Shalom Synagogue will also host the Holocaust Remembered exhibit, which is typically housed at the Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center in northeast Columbia. The exhibit highlights the stories of Jewish South Carolinians who survived the concentration camps, and the South Carolina soldiers who liberated them. The story of Maj. T. Moffatt Burriss, a WWII liberator who will be honored this coming week at the S.C. State House, was added to the exhibit this year.

“We must remember,” said Dr. Abe Wandersman, chair of the Columbia Jewish Federation’s Yom HaShoah Committee. “Yet it is also not enough to simply remember. We must educate and inform and prevent future atrocities as well.”

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