Remembering the Holocaust

Nearly 100 people gathered at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church on a rainy Wednesday evening, May 5 to remember the 6 million Jews and other persecuted groups, such as Gypsies, the aged, the chronically ill, mentally challenged, political enemies and homosexuals by the German Nazi regime.

Ms. Ethel Sternberg, a Jewish survivor of the Holocaust spoke of her experiences. She was in her teen years at the time.

The service was a blend of readings and music from survivors and victims of the Holocaust. A combined choir from St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church, Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, Our Saviour's Lutheran Church and other guests vocalists sang music and, in particular, a piece by Szenesh, a Hungarian Jew, who enlisted as a British Special Operations Executive Paratrooper to fight the Germans in Yugoslavia. She was captured and executed at 23 years-old.

Ms. Jena Chenkin, a violist with the Williamsburg Symphony Orchestra, played "Avinu Malkeinu Fantasy" by Max Janowski, and "Kol Nidre" by Max Bruch, a piece thought to have originated between 589-1038 C.E. when Jews were persecuted and forcibly converted to Christianity or Islam.

Ms. Sarah Bland, Organist and Music Minister at Hickory Neck Episcopal Church, accompanied on the piano and organ. Ms. Gigi Paddock directed the choir.

A free-will offering was collected for Lutheran World Relief and designated to aid Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Turkey, Greece and Egypt.

Following the service, the exhibit "From the Children, About the Children, For the Children: Art of the Holocaust" was on display from the Center of Holocaust and Humanity Education, Cincinnati, Ohio.

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