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|Hidden by the Dutch underground, Joe Koek and his sisters lost nearly all in the Holocaust|
|News Releases - General Info|
|Written by Timothy Holubik|
|Tuesday, 19 March 2013 10:43|
The 32nd Annual Quad Cities Holocaust Remembrance, known as Yom HaShoah, will be held
Joe changed his name and lived as a Protestant, the teenager posing as the farm couple’s “distant
Thanks to Joe’s “lucky break,” he was saved from the liquidation and later moved twice, landing
In conjunction with this year’s Remembrance, the Yom HaShoah Committee is again partnering
Also during this year’s Remembrance, the Yom HaShoah Committee of the Quad Cities will present
A crime of such horrendous proportions could not have been perpetrated in a vacuum. Centuries of anti-Jewish teachings – either promulgated or countenanced by churches and states – created fertile ground for the seed of Nazi hatred to flourish. The people of Europe had been conditioned to despise Jews and see them as something less than human. Thus, many could rationalize the elimination of the Jews not as murder, but as the removal of an unwelcome element of their society.
Millions of people from many ethnic backgrounds were killed in Nazi extermination camps, but Adolf Hitler ordered that ferocious intensity be brought to bear in reaching his goal of destroying the Jewish people. In his terminology, it was the “final solution to the Jewish problem.” The murder of six million Jews, including one and a half million children, has branded the names of Auschwitz, Buchenwald, Majdanek and many more camps into the memories of the generation that witnessed the Holocaust and those who have learned of it since.
We remember the Holocaust not simply because it is a Jewish tragedy. We talk about it because we
In the Quad Cities, Yom HaShoah has been observed annually since 1982. The committee which organizes the observance was initially formed by representatives of the Quad Cities’ Jewish and Christian communities, and has maintained ecumenism in its membership and mission ever since. Sponsors of the 2010 Yom HaShoah service include the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, Tri-City Jewish Center, Churches United, Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. It is believe to be the oldest continuing interfaith Yom HaShoah commemoration.
All persons of faith are encouraged to attend.
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