Mark Wygoda is featured speaker at 2018 Holocaust Commemoration

by | Apr 9, 2018 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, April 11, 6:45 pm, Congregation Beth El

United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Holocaust Commission’s annual Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Yom Hashoah will feature Dr. Mark Wygoda, who will share the story of his father, Hermann Wygoda.

Known as “Comandante Enrico” to the 2,500 partisan troops he commanded as a Division Commander in the Italian Liberation Army, 1944–45, Hermann Wygoda planned war actions, negotiated prisoner exchanges with the local German commander, and ultimately helped liberate the city of Savona, Italy.

In addition to Wygoda, the evening includes a poignant candle lighting ceremony and prayers from area clergy and leadership. Additionally, student winners of the Holocaust Commission’s annual Elie Wiesel competitions and recipients of the Commission’s Excellence in Education awards will be honored and recognized.

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