On behalf of the REMEMBER Committee of the Charleston Jewish Federation, thank you for your excellent coverage of the Charleston Holocaust Memorial rededication ceremony of April 19. At least 500 people attended the event, and the names of 24 of the major concentration, labor, transit and death camps that were added to the memorial were unveiled.
We are extremely grateful to the special guest participants, many of whom were listed in your coverage.
In addition, we thank our honorary chairs Joe Engel, Anita Zucker and David Popowski for moderating, the members of our community who read the names of family members murdered in the Holocaust and Dr. Perry Halushka for creating the magnificent memorial candelabra.
Special thanks to local architect Jeffrey Rosenblum, FAIA, who shepherded the memorial project through to completion.
We also owe a special debt of gratitude to Ellen Dressler Moryl for organizing the musical component, which set the tone of solemnity and meditation, and to the other musicians, violist Miles Hoffman, violinist Yuriy Bekker and organist Julia Harlow, who played for us in memory of loved ones and the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust.
We believe the memorial will help us remember the Holocaust, honor the memories of those who perished, pay tribute to the survivors and bring attention to important lessons we must pass on to the young generations.
Eileen Chepenik, Chair
Sandra Brett, Director
The REMEMBER Program for Holocaust Education and Genocide Awareness
Charleston Jewish Federation