|A Day of Remembrance |
This morning, Watkinson’s 8th Grade and Academy (PG) students, were invited to participate in A Day of Remembrance, a Holocaust commemoration event at the Mandell JCC. This event is a 12-hour, continuous, community wide reading of the names of Holocaust victims, along with the lighting of hundreds of memorial candles. Each student and faculty member who attended joined members of the local community by reading the name and age of some of the six million who perished during the Holocaust. This annual event was organized with help from the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and Voices of Hope, a non-profit organization created by descendants of Holocaust survivors from across CT. Both the 8th Grade, who visited the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the Academy, who visited the concentration camps in Auschwitz and Birkenau earlier this year, have spent considerable time learning about the Holocaust. As such, this very moving event was particularly personal for these students. We are grateful for this opportunity for our students and faculty to be able to participate in such a unique and powerful experience.