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City of Carmel Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ceremony welcomes guests from central Indiana and the State of Israel

Post Date:04/16/2018 12:00 PM

 

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City of Carmel
www.carmel.in.gov
One Civic Square, Carmel, IN 46032

 

NEWS RELEASE

Date:                April 13, 2018
Contact:          Nancy Heck (317) 571-2474
Release:          Immediate

 

City of Carmel Commemorates Holocaust Remembrance Day

Ceremony welcomes guests from central Indiana and the State of Israel

Carmel, IN – More than 300 guests crowded The Studio Theater at the Center for the Performing Arts today to commemorate Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. Presided over by Rabbi Benjamin Sendrow of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, and featuring Mayor James Brainard of Carmel and keynote speaker Frank M. Grunwald, author of The Vast Landscape of the Holocaust, the annual ceremony was a moving reminder that we must all be vigilant in the face of bigotry.

“It’s important for us to gather and talk about the Holocaust so we never forget. While it would be wrong to compare today to the 1930’s, Democracy failed once before and the courage to remember this horrific time is essential so we can protect our own society from a similar fate,” said Brainard. “The City of Carmel is proud to stand with our Jewish neighbors and say, never again.”

Grunwald was only 6 years old when German troops entered Czechoslovakia in March of 1939. In the summer of 1942, he and his family were deported to the Terezin concentration camp. He miraculously escaped the gas chamber in July of 1944 and survived four other camps prior to his liberation by the United States Armed Forces in May of 1945. His talk focused on the extent of the Nazi concentration camp system and addressed the question of how Nazi Germany was able to achieve mass murder on such a large scale.

Special guests at the ceremony included The Honorable Uri Ariel, Israel’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (a member of the Knesset) and Aviv Ezra, Consul General of Israel to the Midwest, both representatives from the State of Israel who thanked Mayor

Brainard and the City of Carmel for hosting the annual event, as well as Janina Korzeniewski Clark, a 96 year-old Carmel resident whose Catholic family smuggled Polish Jews out of Warsaw during the Nazi occupation.

Other program participants included Rabbi Stanley Halpern, Congregation Beth Shalom, who served as Master of Ceremonies; Cantor Arnie Lewin, Congregation Shaaray Tefilla; Joshua A. Kirsch, City of Carmel, who gave a moving speech on what it means to be Jewish in today’s society; the Carmel United Methodist Church Bell Choir; the Carmel Middle School Choir; and the University High School of Indiana Vocal Quintet and Clarinet Duo. The ceremony was followed by a catered buffet lunch at the Palladium.

“It is an honor to participate in this important remembrance each year,” said Rabbi Sendrow. “We appreciate the support the Jewish community in central Indiana receives from the City of Carmel and all those who attend the ceremony. Though we choose not to live in fear, we are always aware that remembering – and reminding others – is the best way to stop such an atrocity as the Holocaust from ever happening again.”

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