The annual Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Commemoration took place this year on April 16 at Keneseth Israel Congregation in Louisville.
The featured speaker at this year's event was Conrad Weiner of Cincinnati who survived internment as a child in an Eastern European work camp during WWII because his mother risked her life to strengthen him with tea made from the bark of a cherry tree.
In his honor, during the Keneseth Israel event, cherry trees were given to teachers of students at four Louisville middle schools - St. Francis of Assisi, Noe, Jefferson County Traditional, and Western - who participated in the Anne Frank: Bearing Witness Project administered by The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts Education department.
"We want kids to study Anne Frank in way that ... really matters to them" said Jeff Jamner, senior director of school programs at the Kentucky Center. "Through the arts, they are able to tap into their reservoir of experiences and emotions and make connections."
Read full Courier-Journal article: "Holocaust survivor to talk at remembrance event"
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