Fort Huachuca will commemorate Holocaust

Abraham Sutzkever

An annual Holocaust Days of Remembrance Observance, hosted by the U.S. Army at Fort Huachuca, will be held Monday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Gil Ribak, Ph.D., assistant professor of Judaic studies at University of Arizona, will give the keynote address. He will speak about the exceptional life story of Yiddish poet Avrom (Abraham) Sutzkever of Vilna, who barely survived the war, but lost his mother and his newborn baby, both murdered by the Nazis.

“Sutzkever’s remarkable life can only be equaled by his remarkable poetry,” says Ribak. “His life story exemplifies the depth of pain and suffering, but also the victory of the human will to survive.”

Holocaust survivors from Tucson will participate in a candle lighting ceremony. The Mourner’s Kaddish will be read. Visitors without military or Department of Defense-issued identity cards must stop at the Visitors Control Center at the Van Deman Gate to apply for a visitor’s pass. The process typically takes about 15 minutes. Visitors may then proceed to Fitch Auditorium in Alvarado Hall. For more information, contact the Fort Huachuca public affairs office at 533-1284.