D.C. Marks Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted April 9, 2010 at 4:13pm

Sunday marked Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. But the solemn annual observance, this year commemorating the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps, continues all week with events in Washington, D.C.

• Names-Reading Ceremony. Today through Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Holocaust Memorial Museum will host public readings of the names of those who were slain in the Holocaust in the museum’s Hall of Remembrance. Visitors can participate by showing up to the event or reserving a time to read names by sending an e-mail to volunteerview@ushmm.org. The museum also set up a Facebook page named “2010 Holocaust Days of Remembrance,” where participants can upload their own video of reading names.

• “Among the Righteous.” Today, 10 p.m. Tune in to WETA for the premiere of “Among the Righteous: Lost Stories From the Holocaust in Arab Lands.” The documentary follows Washington Institute for Near East Policy Executive Director Robert Satloff on an eight-year, four-continent search for Arabs who took action to save Jews during the Nazi, Vichy and fascist rule of North Africa during World War II. The hourlong movie will re-air several times through Wednesday.

• National Days of Remembrance Ceremony. Thursday, 11:30 a.m. The Holocaust Memorial Museum’s national Days of Remembrance ceremony will be held in the Capitol Rotunda. The event will reunite 120 World War II veterans who helped liberate the Nazi concentration camps. Gen. David Petraeus will be the featured speaker. The event is closed to the public, but it is being webcast live at ushmm.org.

• “Triumph of the Spirit.” Thursday, 6 p.m. The Capitol Visitor Center is hosting the premiere of a 20-minute documentary, “Triumph of the Spirit.” The movie centers on Esther Jungreis, a Holocaust survivor who went on to found Hineni International, a Torah outreach organization. In addition, Fred Zeidman, chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council, and Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-Conn.), will be honored. Sen. Lieberman is expected to attend, along with Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), Reps. Russ Carnahan (D-Mo.), Peter King (R-N.Y.) and Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) and other Members. The event is free. To RSVP, call 410-753-4560 or 212-496-1660 and leave your name, contact information and number of attendees in your party.