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2016 Days of Remembrance: Commemorating Holocaust Victims and Survivors

May 19, 2016
6 candles were lit to commemorate Holocaust victims and survivors

Holocaust Remembrance week was recognized by communities nationwide this year between May 1-8, including here in Georgia following Governor Deal’s proclamation declaring the first week of May as Holocaust Days of Remembrance in Georgia.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust’s theme for the 2016 Days of Remembrance was “Mothers and Fathers: Stories of Love and Loss.”

On May 6, 2016, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust hosted, on behalf of the State of Georgia, the Holocaust Days of Remembrance Ceremony in the State Capitol. Participants in the ceremony included members of the Atlanta Consular Corps and the Supreme Court of Georgia.

The highlight of the ceremony was when 6 candles were lit by Holocaust survivors, liberators, rescuers and members of their families in remembrance of not only the victims of the Holocaust, but the millions of others whose lives were changed forever by the Nazis and their collaborators between 1933 and 1945.

This year’s candle lighters included:

  • World War II veteran and witness to liberation, Irving Feinberg — escorted by Justice David Nahmias and introduced by Denis Barbet, Consul General of the French Republic.
  • Ron Brummer, Deputy Consul General of Israel, on behalf of Holocaust survivor Helen Weingarten who was unable to attend — introduced by Detlev Rünger, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Scott Merlin and Rachel Rosenbloom in memory of their grandparents, Holocaust survivors Eva and Sholem Iteld — escorted by Takashi Shinosuka, Consul General of Japan.
  • Holocaust survivor George Rishfeld — escorted by Polyxeni Potter, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Cyprus, and introduced by Andreas Maager, Consul General of Switzerland.
  • Gitte Toben in memory of her father, Kjeld Johansen, who was a member of the Danish Resistance — escorted by Nagesh Sing, Consul General of the Republic of India, and introduced by Jeremy Pilmore-Bedford, Consul General of the United Kingdom.
  • Betty Sunshine on behalf of her parents, Holocaust survivors Bella and Pinkus Solnik — escorted by Justice Carol Hunstein and introduced by Rusty Paul, Mayor of Sandy Springs.

In addition to the lighting of the candles, Dr. Andrea Videlefsky was presented with the 2016 Humanitarian Award, Brendan Murphy was named Distinguished Educator of 2016 and the student winners of the 2016 Creative Arts Student Contest were recognized.

A full gallery of photos from the ceremony is available on the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust’s Facebook page.

The Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, a state agency, hosts events, workshops and exhibits throughout the state in order to preserve the memory of the Holocaust and promote public understanding of the history. Follow along on Twitter and Facebook!

About the Author

Emma Ellingson is the Public Education Manager at the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, located at the Anne Frank in the World: 1929-1945 exhibit in Sandy Springs where admission is free to all visitors. Emma is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College with a degree in Classics. She has been with the Commission since 2011.

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