By NORMAN JOHNSON
A busy three months of planning culminated in a busy week of activities. The 2014 Holocaust Days of Remembrance observance encompassed events that lasted from April 28 through Friday.
The 83rd U.S. Army Reserve Readiness Training Center was the designated host for this year’s observance. The events kicked off April 28 with an opening ceremony where J.J. Duvall, mayor of Radcliff, read a proclamation. Retired professor of German history, Dr. Ann Taylor Allen, from the University of Louisville, delivered opening remarks. During her career, Allen had done extensive research and taught a class on the Holocaust. Her father served in the US Army during WWII and saw several of the Nazi death camps.
She said, “This is a very big subject, but I have oriented my very few remarks today toward some issues that I believe we still confront in the present… The holocaust was a global humanitarian crisis.”
She listed several such crises that exist today, including Africa and Syria.
April 29 was set aside for the Reading of Names Ceremony. This ceremony was an all-day affair and was held in the foyer of the Main Exchange on Fort Knox. Five thousand names of victims who died in the holocaust were read. Chaplain (Capt.) Daniel Goldman opened the ceremony by reading Psalms 91 in Hebrew. Chief Warrant Officer 4 Sherill Small read the English interpretation.
The commemoration ceremony was held May 1 at the Patton Museum. Eva Kor, holocaust survivor was the guest speaker; she is also the founder of Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiment Survivors (CANDLES) Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The ceremony was followed by a Meal of Remembrance food sampling.
After the commemoration ceremony on Thursday, Kor said, “This is the best commemoration I have been to.”
She said she was impressed with the variety of activities that complemented the observance and was pleased with the turnout at the ceremony.
The week of activities concluded Friday after a film festival at Skidgel Hall. Several short films on the Holocaust and genocide preceded the featured films, “Hotel Rwanda” and “Schindler’s List.”
Holocaust Days of Remembrance is observed annually and begins the Sunday preceding Yom Hashoah on the Hebrew calendar and continues through the following Sunday.
The purpose of the DOR observance is to reflect upon, to learn about, and never forget what happened to the millions silenced dur-ing the Holocaust.