Jewish Journal


April 19, 2007

L.A. Shoah remembrance dedicated to young victims


This year's Yom HaShoah Ve'Hagvurah Community Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day program, "Children in Crisis: Voices from the Holocaust" paid special homage to the many defenseless and innocent children killed by the Nazis. Approximately 3,500 people gathered in Pan Pacific Park on Sunday for the annual event at the Holocaust Memorial Monoument in a ceremony that featured Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lt. Governor John Garamendi, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Hadassah Lieberman, wife of Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).

Lieberman, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and a strong advocate of Israel, described in an interview that her message is two-fold:"We must memorialize the victims, and we must keep our eyes open to all the genocide whether it be in Darfur or by Ahmadinejad ... Baruch Hashem, we are still here."

She emphasized that Jews must be fearless in opposing those who hate, and proudly affirmed in her speech that, "Despite all of Hitler's efforts, the daughter of Holocaust survivors ... is the wife of a United States senator."

During welcoming remarks, Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust Chairperson Randol Schoenberg announced that Pan Pacific Park, currently the home of the L.A. Holocaust Monument, will become the location for a new home for the museum. A long-awaited move, Schoenberg said the goal of the new museum will be to "teach 50,000 students each year."

Jona Goldrich, chairperson of the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument, also said that "educating children, Jewish or non-Jewish, is the most important priority of all."

Other featured speakers included Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis of Encino's Congregation Valley Beth Shalom and Ehud Danoch, consul general of Israel in Los Angeles. Concluding the service, Cantor Heshel Walfish of Congregation Beth Israel in Los Angeles led the group in reciting the Mourner's Kaddish.

The event was sponsored by The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, Jewish World Watch (a member of the Save Darfur Coalition), the Los Angeles Holocaust Monument, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust and Second Generation.

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