Holocaust Ceremony Recalls ‘Acts of Survival’
– Jared Shelly

With the sun seemingly pinpointed on the Israeli flag hanging on a lamppost along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Holocaust survivors and members of Philadelphia’s Jewish community gathered to memorialize the many lives lost in the Shoah.

With the theme of “Resistance, Defiance and Courage: Jewish Acts of Survival,â€? the annual ceremony held at the Monument to the Six Million Jewish Martyrs at 16th Street and the Parkway focused on Jews who fought back against Nazi oppression.

“As the survivors grow fewer in number — but still tremendously strong in spirit — it falls upon all the rest of us to remember, to learn and to teach others,â€? said Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell from a stage set up next to the monument.

Sponsored by the Memorial Committee for the Six Million Jewish Martyrs of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, the event featured an address by Israeli Consul General Uriel Palti, music by the choir of Temple Sinai in Dresher and a performance by Cantor Isaac Horowitz from Congregation Sons of Israel in Cherry Hill, N.J.