At Tucson Yom HaShoah event, videos will honor survivors

The annual community-wide Yom HaShoah commemoration, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the Coalition for Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, will be held Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center.

This year, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is celebrating 20 years since opening its doors. As part of its yearlong slate of programs to recognize this anniversary, the museum will be honoring Holocaust survivors for all that they have done to forward its mission. “We are following USHMM in honoring Holocaust survivors for their invaluable contributions to work in the areas of Holocaust education and remembrance across Southern Arizona with a cinematic tribute at our annual Yom HaShoah commemoration,” says Bryan Davis, director of the JCRC and the Holocaust Education and Commemoration Project at the JFSA.

The program will include four decades’ worth of newly digitized footage of Holocaust survivors providing testimony of their experiences during the Holocaust. “The centerpiece of the program,” says Davis, “will be a montage of recently filmed interview material with survivors reflecting on their earliest recollections of anti-Semitism, their most searing memories of the Shoah and their hopes for the future of Holocaust remembrance.”

For more information, contact Davis at bdavis@jfsa.org or 577-9393, ext. 124.