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Virtual Holocaust Remembrance observance planned

Virtual Holocaust Remembrance observance planned

Base officials will host a virtual Holocaust Days of Remembrance panel discussion April 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Dr. Rita Goldberg and Thomas White, local Holocaust educators, will recount family stories of the Holocaust as well as provide educational impacts that remain important lessons today. (Courtesy graphic)

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Base officials will host a virtual Holocaust Days of Remembrance panel discussion April 8 from 3 to 4 p.m. via Zoom.

Dr. Rita Goldberg and Thomas White, local Holocaust educators, will recount family stories of the Holocaust as well as provide educational impacts that remain important lessons today.

“Remembering the impacts of the Holocaust and advocating the lessons learned are important to ensure it is never repeated,” said Capt. Blake Denniston, project officer for this year’s Victims of the Holocaust Special Observance.

Dr. Goldberg is a second generation Holocaust survivor who recounts her mother’s actions to survive the oppression of the Holocaust in her memoir titled, “Motherland: Growing Up with the Holocaust.” She is an active lecturer at Harvard University, where she educates on comparative literature and Holocaust studies.

White is the coordinator of educational outreach for the Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies at Keene State College in New Hampshire. He served as historical consultant for “An American Nurse at War” and “Telling Their Stories: N.H. Holocaust Survivors Speak Out.”

April 8 is the National Day of Remembrance for victims of the Holocaust. Between 1933 and 1945, the Nazi regime carried out a campaign of genocide and oppression on the European Jewish community and others. By the end of World War II, approximately 6 million Jews had been murdered.

“It’s an important opportunity for members of the Hanscom community to hear about the lasting impact of the Holocaust from descendants, followed by the opportunity to discuss and reflect on the stories shared,” said Denniston.

Personnel can watch the event via Zoom with meeting ID 161 3960 7113.

For any questions, email Denniston at blake.denniston.1@us.af.mil.