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Spokane to remember victims, survivors of the Holocaust in observance later this month

Courtesy of the Spokane Community Observance of the Holocaust

An annual ceremony to remember those killed in the Holocaust will return later this month after a three-year break. Organizers say they hope the theme, “The Dangers of Indifference: The U-S and the Holocaust” will speak to a new generation.

Hershel Zellman, co-chair of the Spokane Community Observation of the Holocaust, said he’s hopeful honoring victims and survivors will inspire action in younger generations.

“We want people to know that anti-Semitism didn't go away at the end of World War II and the defeat of the Nazis,” he said. “We have big time problems in our own country with racism, antisemitism, anti-immigrant. And, we should not ignore what's been going on in our country.”

The remembrance will include an art exhibit, a candle procession to memorialize children killed in the Holocaust, and a performance from the Lewis and Clark High School Chamber Orchestra and the Temple Beth Shalom Choir.

WSU Associate Professor of History Raymond Sun will deliver the keynote address at the event.

Area students can also participate in an essay contest. They’ve been asked how indifference to hate and racism are harming people today. The essay contest is open until April 30th.

The remembrance will be held Thursday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at the Temple Beth Shalom in Spokane.

Rebecca White is a 2018 graduate of Edward R Murrow College of Communication at Washington State University. She's been a reporter at Spokane Public Radio since February 2021. She got her start interning at her hometown paper The Dayton Chronicle and previously covered county government at The Spokesman-Review.