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Planting at the Chista McAuliffe Middle School, Palm Beach County, Fl Eighth-grade students in Palm Beach County Schools study the core text of The Diary of Anne Frank. Students learn about the Holocaust and how this tragedy still resonates with the world today. The creation of the Christa McAuliffe Middle School (CMMS) Holocaust Memorial Garden is a reminder to all students and visitors to the campus that we must not be indifferent in the face of tyranny or oppression. The theme for their garden was indifference and at the blooming ceremony the children spoke about indifference and how important it is for us to not turn away from current day oppression. The following quote by Ellie Wiesel from his book, Perils of Indifference, set the tone for the Holocaust Memorial Garden. “Of course, indifference can be tempting. It is so much easier to look away from victims. It is so much easier to avoid such rude interruptions to our work, our dreams, our hopes. It is, after all, awkward, troublesome, to be involved in another person’s pain or loss of hope. Yet, for the person who is indifferent, his or her neighbor is not important. And, therefore, their lives are meaningless. Their...

The Miracle of Hanukkah In January 2018, we hosted Chihiro Sugihara, the grandson of Chiune Sugihara, and Leo Melamed at our “Conscience and Action” Holocaust Remembrance event in Atlanta, USA. The event highlighted the legacy of Chiune Sugihara who, as the Japanese Consul in Lithuania, issued life-saving visas that saved more than 6,000 Jews during the Holocaust. The picture on the right is Chiune Sugihara and the picture on the left are Jews standing outside the Japanese Consul in Lithuania hoping to get a visa. At our Holocaust event in Atlanta, we made a pledge to create daffodil memorial gardens in Japan to remind others of the compassion and humanitarian efforts of Chiune Sugihara who took great steps during a time of immense darkness for humanity. On December 6th, 2018, that pledge became a reality as we made our way up the winding road to the village of Yaotsu – the birthplace of Chiune Sugihara. It was a misty morning with grey rolling clouds that embraced and enveloped us as we entered the Hill of Humanity Memorial Park. It was a very special, spiritual day at the Hill of Humanity Memorial Park where we joined together with Chihiro and Madoka Sugihara, Mayor Kaneko, Rabbi...

On 11 August 2019 there was a ceremony unveiling a monument to commemorate the Jewish community in Białowieża, Poland, on the anniversary of the execution of 77 Jewish men and boys in a former gravel pit near Białowieża. The monument will also commemorate those who died in the ghettos in Kobryn and Pruzhany, and in Auschwitz and other camps to which they were sent. For the event descendants of families that lived in Białowieża were invited to the commemoration and had the opportunity to share thoughts about their families who lived in Białowieża. There were over 250 people attending the commemoration and it was covered by local media.  Here is link to a video of the commemoration.  Below is a picture of those families from Israel and the US who attended the commemoration and the Jewish memorial in the background. While a daffodil garden planting at the site of the memorial is planned for 2020, in September of 2019 100 daffodils were planted in the Jewish part of Białowieża where there is currently a large plaque that details the Jewish life in this town prior to the Holocaust.  Below is a picture of the site where the 100 daffodils were planted. The bottom...

Planting of 2,500 daffodils in honor of 80th anniversary of the destruction of the Great Synagogue in Oświęcim Poland Oświęcim is a town in southern Poland where Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp was located. For centuries this synagogue (pictured below) was the center of the Jewish life in Oświęcim. Following the occupation of Oświęcim, the Great Synagogue was set ablaze and destroyed by the Germans on the night of November 29, 1939. Today only an empty square remains in its location. Thanks to the generous support of the town of Oświęcim, as well as institutional and private donors from Poland and beyond, this space has been transformed into a Memorial Park to create opportunities for reflection and remembrance for residents of Oświęcim and visitors to the town. The Park will become a place for education about the multicultural past of Oświęcim. As part of the ceremonies to inaugurate the Great Synagogue Memorial Park and pay tribute to the Jewish community of Oświęcim a planting of 2,500 daffodils took place as part of the Worldwide Daffodil Project. Go to our Worldwide Daffodil Map and look for Oświęcim to see pictures of the planting. ...

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