How Miami University Students Are Marking Holocaust Remembrance Day
People around the world are observing Yom Hashoah Monday. International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising during World War II. It's a day to remember and honor the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust and honor those who survived.
In Oxford, Miami University students and community members are spending the day reading the names and ages of 5000 children who died during the Holocaust.
"These people didn't have voices and they weren't heard," says senior Natalie Roberts, co-president of Miami University Students Against Genocide. "We're trying to give the victims of the Holocaust a voice. We're trying to recognize them; to say 'yes, we know you exist. We know these atrocities happened.'"
The commemoration runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Similar readings are set for noon at all Miami Regional campuses. Miami Middletown is dedicating its ceremony to a former professor.
The Middletown Campus is dedicating their reading in honor and memory of Dr. Elizabeth Krukowski, a former Middletown English Department faculty member whose family was trapped in the ghetto at Lodz, Poland, and escaped via Russia, Japan, and Canada before arriving in the United States. Her family was one of those saved with a limited number of special visas organized by Japanese Consul-General Chiune Sugihara.
A candle-lighting ceremony was held Sunday at the Mayerson JCC.