20th Annual Days of Remembrance
Jamie M. Eubanks
JSU News Bureau
JACKSONVILLE -- April 1, 2002 -- "The holocaust did happen, because we are witnesses of it," says Max Herzel, age 71 of Birmingham.
He survived internment camps to come to the safety of the United States during World War II. Herzel will share his story at the 20th Annual Days of Remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II at Jacksonville State University.
Days of Remembrance began as a memorial to the holocaust to help remind students of the slaughter of 6 million people. It has grown from 25 students to as many as 250 from the campus and local communities.
The mission of Days of Remembrance is to "provide for appropriate ways for the nation to commemorate the Days of Remembrance, as an annual, national, civic commemoration of the holocaust, and to encourage and sponsor appropriate observances of such Days of Remembrance throughout the United States."
"People must understand the value of tolerance, understanding and respect of individuals and their religion," says Herzel. During the Remembrance, he plans to share his experiences as a child who lived through the holocaust.
Herzel and his family were sent to an internment camp. "These were the camps Jews were sent to before going to concentration camps. The women and children were separated. Young children went with their mothers and older children went with their fathers," recalls Herzel. "What was left of our family came to the United States."
And this journey, he will recount at the Days of Remembrance Ceremony on April 11 at 7:30 p.m. at Houston Cole Library, JSU. The public is invited.
"There is a hope that it will never happen again. And it didn't just happen to the Jews. It happened to the gypsies, the handicapped and those who opposed the Nazis. All that knowledge from doctors, nurses and engineers was used to destroy human life, instead of making it better."
For more information, contact Steven Whitton at 256-782-5414.
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