Holocaust Day Programs Snowed Out in N.Y.
01/27/11
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(JTA) -- Heavy snow in New York caused the postponement of a special U.N. General Assembly meeting commemorating International Holocaust Day.

The United Nations building was shut down due to the bad weather. Other Holocaust commemoration events planned for Thursday in New York also were postponed, according to reports.

The General Assembly in 2005 designated Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington was scheduled to hold a candle-lighting ceremony in its Hall of Remembrance. The Washington diplomatic community and Holocaust survivors were among those expected to attend, according to the museum.

On Wednesday, in an address to Israel's Knesset marking International Holocaust Day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said it is "obvious" that global anti-Semitism is "renewing and expanding."

"If anyone thought that anti-Semitism stopped after World War II and the Holocaust, it is now evident that it was only a hiatus," he said, calling on the world to fight the scourge globally.

"It is not only a threat against us because it always begins with the Jews but never ends with the Jews," Netanyahu said. "The hatred of Jews kindles an overall fire, and I expect that on this day, when I applaud the world for marking the most heinous crime in world history and the history of our people which was perpetrated against our people -- I hope others will also learn the lesson. We already have."

Events commemorating International Holocaust Day took place in countries around the world.

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Holocaust Memory must be preserved. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg As a child of Holocaust survivors, I marvel at the bravery of survivors who dedicated their lives to creating a new dynamic generation of Jews.. I do not know what happened to my extended family; only my parents and one cousin survived the Holocaust. I know that my grandfather on my father's side was shot and killed by the Nazis, who threw his body onto a truck. This was witnessed by my surviving cousin. I do not know how my other grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins died, nor do I know the names of my two siblings who were also murdered by the Nazis. We need to appreciate what we have and never give up hope. People such as my parents, Jacob and Rachel Rosenberg of blessed memory, shine brightly among those Jews who refused to let their heritage die. Who could imagine that my parents - who lost their parents, brothers, sisters and entire extended families - would encourage their son to become a rabbi? They could have lost all faith, yet through me and my children, their families who perished in the Holocaust live on. I have been desperately trying for many years to find any information regarding my family who disappeared in the Holocaust, without any success. Miraculously, I found my father's birth certificate when I visited his birthplace in Poland several years ago. In my mother's hometown in Poland, there were no records of any Jews ever living there. It was as if the Jews had vanished form the face of the earth. I live with the hope that perhaps I will find in these opened records a window to my past.. I beg my students who are the grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to try to find out any information from their grandparents while they are still alive. Often, survivors will relate to grandchildren and share their pasts, while they could not do this with their own children. Four years ago my granddaughter, Rachel, was born. She is named after my mother, of blessed memory, a Holocaust survivor. Normally we would have been on vacation at that tie, but since her birth was expected, we remained home. A few days after her birth, the family, including my grandchildren, children and other relatives gathered at our home in New Jersey. My oldest grandchild, Akiva, is named after my father of blessed memory, also a Holocaust survivor. My wife smelled gas in the house; a leak was detected in the street that found its way into our home. We were evacuated immediately. We were told by Public Service Electric & Gas of New Jersey if we had not detected the leak in our house and opened all the windows and doors, it would have blown up with everyone in it, and other homes would have been destroyed. I felt this was the hand of God and my parents who saved us. The memory of the Holocaust must be kept alive by survivors, their children and grandchildren.We now have two more grandchildren and one on the way. All are named after those who perished in the Holocaust . We must educate the young to never forget what evil Nazi murderers did to our people. The Holocaust can happen again. We dare not be silent when anti-Semitism raises its ugly head or when bigotry and hatred are promoted against any group of people regardless of their religion, color, creed , sex or nationality. I am creating a Holocaust siddur, prayer book . In addition to prayers, programming materials, essays from teenagers, and my personal essays on the Holocaust, I am seeking essays which might be appropriate. The theme is " remembering the Holocaust, why this is important to me.? What must we do to preserve Holocaust memory.?" Any original poems, essays , art work, etc. which might be used for prayer will be considered. Material from Holocaust survivors and 2g and 3g and 4th generation as well as from Rabbis and Jewish educators are especially sought. All material will be considered as I am editing and compiling the prayerbook my self. There will be no monetary compensation for material submitted and it is understood that you give me permission to use the material. Simply e mail Chaimdov@aol.com. Time is running out and we must create vehicles to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg Congregation Beth-El Edison

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