APRIL 29, 2008


Always remember. Never forget.

On Thursday and Sunday, many Jews in Brooklyn will take part in an international remembrance of one of the most tragic periods in 20th century history — the Holocaust, when an estimated six million Jews perished.

There will be moments of silence in Israel. In Manhattan, special programming is planned at the Museum of Jewish Heritage on Thursday, followed by a citywide memorial at Congregation Emanu-El on Sunday.

In Brooklyn, about 400 survivors are expected to attend a program Thursday in a catering hall at the Manhattan Beach Jewish Center.

“Brooklyn has the largest number of Holocaust survivors in America,” said Gideon Taylor, executive vice president of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

About 22,500 survivors live in the borough. They account for about 25% of the U.S. survivors, and 54% of the survivors in the eight-county New York metropolitan area, according to estimates derived from a 2002 study by the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York.