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Interfaith community remembers Holocaust

Date: 4/19/2012

Rabbi Brian Michelson of the Temple Oheb Sholom joined Alvernia President Dr. Thomas F. Flynn and Alvernia Chaplain and Director of Campus Ministry Fr. Kevin M. Queally, TOR for a Holocaust Memorial Service on campus, Thursday, April 19. 

The interfaith event observed Yom Ha'Shoah or "Holocaust Remembrance Day" — a day of commemoration for more than six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.

“It is so important that we remember the Holocaust," explains Fr. Kevin Queally. "It is very likely the most important event of the 20th Century. In the summer of 2008, I visited the death camp Auschwitz, and I will never forget the awful feeling I had being there. What a terrible thing in the history of the world. Anything we can do to keep this event in our memory and prayer always is a good thing.”

In Israel, Yom Ha'Shoah is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi.

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