Every child had a name, a family, a place they called home.
On May 5, at the Museum’s Yom Hashoah 2016 service of remembrance at Dallas’ Congregation Shearith Israel, the children of the Holocaust were memorialized with music, the reading of their testimonies, prayers, and tears.
“Today is not a day for praise,” said Rabbi Shira Wallach of Shearith Israel. “Today, we allow the tears to flow, the heart to mourn.”
Florence Shapiro, a daughter of two Holocaust Survivors and incoming President of the Museum, told the 250 people in attendance that all children are gifts from the Creator.
“Tragically, we won’t know what the children killed in the Holocaust would have accomplished or contributed to our world,” she said. “But each of us can honor each of them through our actions—when we see wrong, we can act to right it; when we see injustice and intolerance, we can speak up to confront it; and, just as importantly, when we see good in our world we can celebrate it.’
To honor the lost children of the Holocaust, members of the Museum’s Junior Board read the testimonies of three children who were hidden during the Holocaust and survived—each of whom is now a senior adult living in the Dallas area.
Henry Ainsworth, vice president of the Junior Board, read the testimony of child survivor Ginette Albert; Aaron Minsky, Junior Board member, read child survivor Helen Biderman’s testimony; and Kas Tebbetts, president of the Junior Board, read the testimony of Max Spindler.
Following each testimony, the hidden child survivors and the three youth lit dedicatory candles in memory of the children of the Holocaust and the millions of Jews and others who perished at the hands of the murderous Nazi regime.
Museum President Steve Waldman said that we pay tribute to all children of the Holocaust when we support efforts to educate children.
“Providing education at the Museum—teaching the lessons of the Holocaust and advancing human rights—is how we honor the children of the Holocaust because education is a lasting legacy that keeps on giving in perpetuity,” Waldman said. “And, let us never forget, education makes the word a safer and more peaceful place. Fundamentally, education informs the different between right and wrong.”
Please plan to join us on May 19 for our next Upstander Speaker Series event—Ambassador Jakob Finci, head of the Jewish community in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and former Bosnian Ambassador to Switzerland. Hear his amazing story of how Jewish, Islamic and Christian neighbors set aside their differences and united for survival amidst the conflict of an ethnic war during the Bosnian War (1992-1995).
The event is at 6:30 p.m. at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Road in Dallas. Tickets are available online.
And, we hope you’ll join us for a very special event on May 25—the opening night of Cabaret at the Winspear Opera House. Co-chaired by Melanie Kuhr Murphy and Jolene Risch, the Cabaret experience features dinner by Wolfgang Puck, a Tony-Award winning Broadway performance and an exclusive post-show meet-and-greet with the cast. This exciting fundraising evening is a collaboration with the AT&T Performing Arts Center, with funds supporting the mission, exhibits and educational initiatives of the Dallas Holocaust Museum. To learn more and secure your tickets, visit us online.
-Chris Kelley, for the Dallas Holocaust Museum/Center for Education and Tolerance