State-sponsored enslavement and mass murder are not as uncommon as they should be.
Adult victims can struggle to come to terms with such terror; some succeed, many fail. But what about children? How does a child, caught up in the horrors of Nazi Germany, cope with the lasting trauma? How can she reconcile the evil committed against her when young with the knowledge and experience gained later in life?
It is the persistent challenge of all young victims of the Third Reich and the theme of this year's Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Sixty-five years after the terrible events that consumed Europe, members of Charleston's Jewish community will gather Sunday for a 3 p.m. Yom HaShoah program at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St., to remember, to mourn, to celebrate and to listen to Inge Auberacher, a child survivor, author and speaker.
She was separated from family, imprisoned at Theresienstadt and suffered terrible loss. Then she rebuilt her life.
The program includes special student presentations and musical selections from the Addlestone Hebrew Academy Chorus, and ends with a silent march to the Holocaust Memorial in Marion Square.
The march will be led by Monique Saigal-Escudero, who will share her experiences as a child hidden from the Nazis in France.
The program and march are free, and the public is encouraged to participate.
Reach Adam Parker at 937-5902 or firstname.lastname@example.org.