Chicago’s Holocaust Remebrance Day May 18

The city of Chicago’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day, hosted by Mayor Richard M. Daley, will be held Thursday, May 18 at 12 noon, in the Cultural Center, Preston Bradley Hall, 78 W. Washington St. The event is free and open to the public.

Since 1990, Mayor Daley has designated Holocaust Remembrance Day in Chicago during Yom Hashoah (the Days of Remembrance). “To hear the voices of Holocaust survivors and to commemorate the spirit of those who did not survive is to affirm our belief in tolerance and commitment to justice. That is the cornerstone of our democracy, Daley said.

This year’s keynote speaker at the public ceremony is Joseph Hausner, who will relate his harrowing personal experience of survival when Adolph Eichmann came to Budapest to establish “the final solution of Hungarian Jews.” His account of his internment in the infamous Auschwitz extermination camp and subsequent slave labor camps is a cautionary tale of inhumanity.

The program also features remarks from Barukh Binah, consul general of Israel; the president of the Chicago Board of Rabbis, Rabbi Victor Mirelman; Cantor Alberto Mizrahi; musical performances by the teenage singing group “The Shining Lights, and a candle-lighting ceremony.