The newly restored Charleston Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square will be rededicated in a special ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m. April 19 and featuring keynote speaker S.C. Chief Justice Jean Toal.
At the event, the names of the 24 major concentration, labor, transit and death camps in Europe added to the back wall will be unveiled.
Mayor Joe Riley, Holocaust Memorial architect Jonathan Levy and survivors who were involved in creating the Charleston Holocaust Memorial in 1999 will be on hand. Joe Engel, an Auschwitz survivor, is honorary chairman. Anita Zucker and David Popowski, children of survivors, also will attend the event.
The rededication ceremony will include a musical presentation. During the “prelude” and reading of names, organist Julia Harlow, violinist Yuriy Bekker, violist Miles Hoffman and cellist Ellen Dressler Moryl will perform “Shalom” by Richard Moryl and “Silent Devotion” by Ernest Bloch. During the program, Harlow, Hoffman and Moryl will perform Bloch’s “Prayer.”
Eileen Chepenik, board secretary of the Jewish Federation of Charleston and co-chair with Jefferey Rosenblum of the event organizing committee, said adding the names of the camps was part of the original plan and an effort inspired by Engel.
“It really has been a passion of Holocaust survivor Joe Engel to add these names as an educational component and really complete the overall educational purpose of the memorial,” Chepenik said. “With anti-Semitism on the rise in Europe, it’s more important than ever to bring attention to it.”
The program is free and open to the public. Complimentary parking is available at the Camden Garage, 47 John St., and at the Gaillard garage, 33 Alexander St. Parking vouchers will be available at the event.
The 2015 Holocaust Remembrance ceremony is presented by the REMEMBER Program for Holocaust and Genocide Education of the Charleston Jewish Federation.