Yom Hashoah

Wednesday, April 15, 6:45 pm, Congregation Beth El

Presented by the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the annual Yom Hashoah commemoration honors survivors, liberators and righteous gentiles. The event also applauds winners of its annual Elie Wiesel student writing and visual arts competitions, and secondary school educators dedicated to teaching the Holocaust.

This year’s visiting guest speaker is Henry Greenbaum, a Polish survivor who survived ghettos, slave labor camps and concentration camps, including Auschwitz, before being liberated by the American troops on April 25, 1945.

Greenbaum went to Poland to attend the 70th Anniversary commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz this past January. He also returned to his home town of Starachowice, Poland and Auschwitz last summer with his three sons. One son, Dr. Stanley Greenbaum, will be with his father at Yom Hashoah, and they will talk about Henry’s amazing story of survival, as well as share what it meant for them to have such an emotional family trip back into Henry’s past.

Greenbaum has long been a regular volunteer at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he shares his story with school children, professional groups and students of all ages. He will speak to students from three school groups in the days after Yom Hashoah as well.

For more information, visit http://jewishva.org/holocaust-yom-hashoah, call 965-6100, or email info@holocaustcommission.org.