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Yom HaShoah 2015 falls on April 15

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, falls on April 15, and the Atlanta Jewish community is holding major commemorations on consecutive Sundays.

The Marcus Jewish Community Center is playing host to keynote speaker Irving Roth, a survivor and recipient of the Spirit of Anne Frank Award, at 3:30 p.m. April 12 at the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden at Zaban Park, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. Read an interview with Roth at wp.me/p1GAXA-35E.

The program will include a performance by a cappella group Shir Harmony, memorial prayers and the lighting of six torches to represent the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The Atlanta Rabbinical Association is co-sponsoring the program.

Eternal Life-Hemshech, the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and the William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum are sponsoring a two-part Yom HaShoah observance April 19.

Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, an Atlanta native who has played a key role in winning billions of dollars in restitution for Holocaust victims and the restoration of looted property to families, will deliver the keynote address at 11 a.m. at the Memorial to the Six Million at Greenwood Cemetery, 1173 Cascade Ave., Atlanta. The ceremony will mark the 50th anniversary of the memorial, which was designed by survivor Ben Hirsch and built by survivor Abe Besser and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Eizenstat also will speak at 2:30 p.m. at the Breman Museum, 1440 Spring St., Midtown, during a ceremony that will include the Atlanta Boy Choir’s performance of “I Never Saw Another Butterfly.”

All of the events are free and open to the public and will be held rain or shine.

To learn more about the Memorial to the Six Million, see the April 17 issue of the Atlanta Jewish Times.