HOLOCUAST REMEMBRANCE DAY - STANDARD-SPEAKER (HAZELTON, PENNSYLVANIA MAY 2, 2000

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HOLOCUAST REMEMBRANCE DAY - STANDARD-SPEAKER (HAZELTON, PENNSYLVANIA MAY 2, 2000 - Area residents gather to mark Holocaust...
Area residents gather to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day By DAVID FALCHEK Standard-Speaker Whether Jewish or non-Jewish, everyone wore yellow armbands with the Star of David. Area residents marking Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Community Center gymnasium called to mind Denmark during World War II. When Adolph Hitler told Denmark the Germans were coming for the Jews, he told the Danes to identify their Jewish citizens with armbands. When the Nazi's came, everyone, including the King himself, wore the armband. Last night, Jews and Gentiles were united in their pledge to never forget the horror of the Nazi Holocaust and never allow it to happen again. Clergy from many Christian congregations participated in the ecumenical event. In addition to the prayers, candle lighting, chants, and the recitation of fatalities and Nazi concentration camps, the 80 people at the observance had a chance to reflect upon intolerance and racism. Hazleton Area Career Center student Emily Hernandez read her essay on the Holocaust and racism, noting that racism persists today. She urged people to recognize and resist prejudice. A native of New York, she had not been faced with racism until moving to Hazleton, she said. She said she was called "spic," and told she could not be beautiful because she was Hispanic. "Many holocaust survivors and their descendants do not feel hatred toward Germans. ..They are just saddened that people were ignorant and self-absorbed. I pray that someday I gain that same power to forgive those who harass me." Professor Gene Miller of Penn State Hazleton discussed the complex roots of the Holocaust and Nazi intolerance. Miller said Nazi intolerance was far-reaching and rooted in hatred and fear of differences. Jews were religiously different, and thought to be racially different. Gypsies and homosexuals were persecuted because of See HOLOCAUST, page 18

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