The Howard County Board of Rabbis, the Council on Jewish Community Relations and the Jewish Federation of Howard County have partnered to present the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.
The event, titled “Keeping Memory Alive: Local Children and Grandchildren of Survivors Share Their Families’ Stories,” will be held virtually and feature an online gallery of Holocaust artifacts from community members, video testimonials from Holocaust survivors, a gallery of books by local authors, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibit, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” and essay winners from county school students.
Additionally, the event will include a memorial service that will include a lit candle and stories told by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.
Columbia author Morey Kogul, 46, and his daughter, Hannah, and Temple Rabbi Isaiah Axler will have a conversation about the importance of keeping their family’s memory alive.
Kogul, who wrote “Running Breathless,” a memoir telling the story of his father’s Holocaust survival, Van Wolf Kogul, said the memoir fulfills a promise he made to his father to keep his life alive. living memory. He said it meant a lot to him and his daughter to share their family’s story at the event.
“The reason we’re doing this is to keep that promise made to my father, to honor those who have been lost, and to find a way to live positively and see the connections to our heritage in a positive light,” a- he declared.
Kogul said he hopes the event will bring a sense of community and honor those who perished and survived the Holocaust.
“We want to be able to make time for remembrance and come together as a community and not forget,” he said.
Attendees can register for the free event at jewishhowardcounty.org.