BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — Today is Yom Kippur, the most solemn day for Jews worldwide, and an appropriate day for the Holocaust Museum to announce that its first stop on a national tour will begin right here in Boca Raton.
Read on for details of the important, upcoming event:
Holocaust survivors are our most powerful tool for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive. Their testimonies remind us to never forget the genocide that took place more than seven decades ago. Unfortunately, we lose survivors with each passing day, and they take with them the first-hand accounts of this tragedy.
It has never been more important for people to take action and keep the memory of the Holocaust alive to ensure that these atrocities don’t happen again. South Florida has a special obligation in this regard as the home to the largest community of Holocaust survivors in the country and more than half a million Jews.
This December, Boca Raton will kick off the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th Anniversary Tour, giving Florida families an opportunity to learn first-hand about the continuing relevance of the Holocaust and draw inspiration to act upon its lessons.
For the first time in its 20 year history, the Museum is mounting a four-city, national tour to bring the history of the Holocaust to audiences across the country, introduce them to the Museum’s work, and inspire people to take action against hatred and indifference today.
The Museum will hold its first tour stop on December 9, 2012, at the Marriott at Boca Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will bring together well-known thought leaders, writers, and historians with Museum experts in dynamic discussions to explore why the Holocaust happened and the lessons it provides today. The Tour will also offer screenings of films and historical footage rarely shown outside of the Museum’s walls, as well as provide special workshops for families.
During the Tour, Museum curators will be on-site to review artifacts and to share helpful information about preserving collections as part of its ongoing effort to “rescue the evidence” of the Holocaust, including items owned by victims and survivors that relate to their stories, experiences, and histories.
A tribute ceremony honoring Holocaust survivors and all WWII veterans will close the day.
Attendance at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s 20th Anniversary National Tour is free, but advance registration is requested. For more information and a detailed program schedule or to register to attend the event, please visit: http://www.ushmm.org/neveragain.