State, local Holocaust observances reinvigorate spirit of ‘never again’

By: Jane Charney
April 28, 2017

Khana Stolyar, a survivor of the Mogilev Podolsk Gehtto, accompanied by her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, lights the last of six candles commemorating the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust, at the annual Holocaust memorial observance in Skokie on April 23, 2017. (Photo by

The words “never forget” rang throughout Illinois this past week as the Jewish community held observances honoring Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.

At the 36th annual statewide Yom HaShoah observance and memorial service, which took place April 27 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Jewish Community Relations Council Chair David T. Brown voiced a rededication to this yearly proclamation.

“From generation to generation, we bear this responsibility,” he said. “We hope and pray that anti-Semitism, bigotry and terrorism will one day be things of the past and that we will soon usher in an era of peace and prosperity for all.”

The statewide observance, co-sponsored by the Office of the Governor and the Jewish Federations of Illinois, marked the official “Day of Remembrance” designated by Congress to commemorate victims of the Holocaust.

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