Every April for more than 25 years, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have commemorated the tragic events of the Holocaust with events and memorial services. On Tuesday, April 21, the annual remembrance ceremony for the victims of the Holocaust was held outside of Scandling Campus Center.
Throughout Holocaust Remembrance Day, which began at sundown on Monday, the names of those who died during the Holocaust were read during The Reading of the Names, held from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in front of Scandling Campus Center. Over the course of six hours, volunteers read names of victims in 15-minute intervals. In the evening, a Candlelight Vigil was held in front of Coxe Hall, despite driving rains and heavy wind.
On the day preceding, Hillel sponsored a screening of “The Monster Among Us” by Allen Mondell and Cynthia Salzman Mondell, who introduced the film and held a Q & A session following.
Reflecting on the HWS events, Amanda Ward ’11 says that, “It is important for us to honor the victims and the heroes during this bleak time in world history.” Ward joins Jacqui Sands ’09, Joshua Strenger ’09, Hillel Program Director Lorinda Weinstock and Professor of Religious Studies Michael Dobkowski in organizing the reading and memorial service.
“I believe that as a society we tend to forget the lessons to be learned from the Holocaust, and this week helps to remind us about what happened and what is still happening around the world.”
“It is important to remember the victims by their names,” Ward says. “They are more than just numbers, they had names, lives and families; and we must remember this. Learning about the Holocaust and remembering it may inspire people to help with the current conflicts and hate found in our own society.”