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Yom HaShoah 2021

April 7, 2021 - April 14, 2021

Yom HaShoah: A Week of Remembrance
April 7 – 14, 2021
Presented by the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center in partnership with Jewish Family Service and the Mayerson JCC.

Join us April 7-14, 2021 for a meaningful week of Holocaust remembrance. Tune into our local PBS station, CET, on Sunday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. for this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration to remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors.  Throughout the week, hear Holocaust survivors and descendants of survivors share their stories, and consider how we can carry these stories forward during a keynote presentation featuring historian Dr. Ann Millin. Students will also inspire us to carry forward stories through writing and performance.


View the program details below to engage in Holocaust remembrance with us as a community.

Holocaust Speaker Series: Mark Heiman
11:00 am EST | Zoom
sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Mark Heiman will tell the story of his family, originally from Demmelsdorf, a small farming community in Bavaria. Mark’s grandfather, Karl, served in the German army in WWI. He later moved to Munich where he established a textile business and raised a family. Mark’s father, Paul, was 12 years old when he witnessed his Jewish school being burned down the day after Kristallnacht. Arrested on Kristallnacht, Karl was interned in Dachau concentration camp.

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My Story: Erika Gold and Helen Marks with Sarah Weiss
4:00 pm EST | Zoom
Presented in partnership with the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Holocaust survivors Erika Gold and Helen Marks have spent decades bravely telling their harrowing stories of survival to students and adults alike, reliving horrific and painful memories in order to share truths of human history with the next generation. Join Sarah Weiss, CEO of the Holocaust & Humanity Center, as she interviews these two fascinating and fearless women.

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Ohio Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration
4:00 pm EST | Zoom
Join us as Ohio Governor Mike DeWine hosts the 41st Annual Governor’s Holocaust Commemoration. The memorial event will provide an opportunity for reflection and remembrance, and speakers will include local Holocaust survivor Dr. Al Miller and Dr. Stephen Smith, Finci-Viterbi Executive Director of the USC Shoah Foundation.

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Yom HaShoah Commemoration
2:30-3:00 pm EST | CET on Television
Tune into Cincinnati’s local PBS station, CET, for this year’s Yom HaShoah commemoration to remember the six million victims of the Holocaust and honor the survivors. This moving commemoration will feature local survivors taking part in a candle lighting ceremony, a musical performance, and remarks from local leaders and community members.

Watch the Commemoration Online



Students Carrying Stories Forward
Visit the Holocaust & Humanity Center Facebook page throughout the day on Monday, April 12th to see students carrying the stories of Holocaust survivors forward through monologue performances and sharing poems and essays.

Dr. Ann Millin: Carrying Stories Forward
7:00 pm EST | Zoom
Join us to hear from featured speaker and historian Dr. Ann Millin, who will discuss her experience interviewing Holocaust survivors in Cincinnati and the importance of carrying these stories forward. Dr. Millin retired in 2018 from a twenty-year career at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and she has taught Jewish History, Judaic Studies, World Religions, and Holocaust studies at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the University of Cincinnati, and the University of Kentucky at Lexington.

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Holocaust Speaker Series: Melissa Hunter
11:00 am EST | Zoom
Generously sponsored by Margaret and Michael Valentine and presented in partnership with the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Center and Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.
Melissa Hunter will share her grandmother’s story. Melissa W. Hunter, author of What She Lost, is a writer and blogger from Cincinnati. She studied creative writing and journalism at the University of Cincinnati, receiving a BA in English literature and a minor in Judaic studies. Her novel What She Lost is inspired by her grandmother’s life as a Holocaust survivor.

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Complete the form below to contribute names of greater-Cincinnati survivors and family members to HHC’s in-Memoriam list.

Questions? Contact Sarah Schneider, Program Coordinator, at: [email protected] or call 513-487-3055.


April 7, 2021
April 14, 2021