SKOKIE, Ill., March 8 /PRNewswire/ — Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan
Chicago, the umbrella organization for Chicago-area Holocaust survivor groups,
today announced that the 61st annual collective memorial observance will be
held on Sunday, April 30. The service, which begins at 1:30 p.m. at the
Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue, 8825 East Prairie Avenue, in Skokie, is
traditionally the largest gathering of Holocaust survivors in the Midwest and
one of the largest in the United States.
“When the leader of an important Middle Eastern nation says the Holocaust
didn’t happen, it is obvious that the world has not learned an important
lesson,” said Charles Lipshitz, president of Sheerit Hapleitah of Metropolitan
Chicago, the umbrella organization for the area’s Holocaust survivor groups
and sponsor of the memorial service. “Within our lifetime, people were put to
death simply for being Jewish, and it would seem that terrorist elements
around the world would like to repeat this tragedy. Leaders of the world’s
nations must take a stand against the comments by Iranian President
Ahmadinejad as well as the leaders of Hamas who would wipe Israel and the Jews
off the map.”
“The children of Survivors will proudly reaffirm our commitment to
sustaining our parents’ and grandparents’ legacy,” said Larry Schwartz,
president of the Association of Children of Holocaust Survivors. “As their
ranks dwindle with age, we must step up and continue educating the world that
the Holocaust didn’t just simply happen but was fueled by state-sanctioned
anti-Semitism. We will not remain silent in the face of Iranian and
Palestinian wishes to make Israel disappear.”