The Library remembers the victims of the Holocaust on Holocaust Remembrance Day

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day celebrated across the world, the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library is hosting several events today Monday April 16th from 4:00-5:30pm in the Meeting Room of the Chebie G. Bateman building.

This year’s theme is Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue. In keeping with this theme, the library’s events will include a naming ceremony, a poem, and a presentation.

The naming ceremony will include local students from West Lowndes Middle School who will read the names, ages, professions, and places of death of only 20 out of the 6 million Holocaust victims.  While reading the names, students will snuff out a candle for each of the names read.

Also, the poem “Holocaust” by Barbara Sonek will be read by a local student. Sonek is an art teacher, poet, and painter in the New York City area.

Completing the evening’s events will be a presentation by DeShana McLemore, seventh and eighth grade history teacher at West Lowndes Middle School.  McLemore will tell the story of two Holocaust survivors, Henry Galler and Eva Vogul and share their journey of life before and during World War II starting in their hometown of Oleszyce, Poland.  She will also discuss what Galler and Vogul experienced during the war and how they were the only two survivors from their entire immediate family.

Holocaust Remembrance Day occurs on April 19th, but observances can occur during that week that runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday or April 15-22.

You can find more information as well as planning resources at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum at and from The Southern Institute of Education and Research at

For more information contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or by email at

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