Chaplain Ken Vinal of Trinity Prep School in Central Florida says, “Yom HaShoah is a day, a time that is difficult to face, the inhumanity and all that happened.”
He participated in the 2010 Yom HaShoah event at the Holocaust Education and Resource Center of Central Florida fulfilling the commitment to never forget what happened. He says in this interview, “An annual time to remember … what’s also connected to it like the art project in getting students and young people to learn and then create art. I think that’s very, very important.”
View Video Interview on YouTube.com (3:35)
Chaplain Vinal loves the diversity of cultures in Central Florida, where everybody is from somewhere else. He also feels it is important to realize we have Holocaust survivors here in our town and to talk to them if we can.
When asked what message from Holocaust Remembrance Day he would like to share with future generations he states, “To hear about those who had the courage to rescue people if they can do something like that I can too.”Back to top
Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida Mission Statement
The Holocaust Memorial Resource and Education Center of Florida is an organization dedicated to combating anti-Semitism, racism and prejudice with the ultimate goal of developing a moral and just community through its extensive outreach of educational and cultural programs. Using the lessons of the Holocaust as a tool, the Center teaches the principles of good citizenship to thousands of people of all ages, religions and backgrounds each year.
Our Center is one of the oldest facilities of its kind in the nation. It houses permanent and temporary exhibit space, archives, and a research library. It is a nonprofit organization supported by tax-exempt donations, and is open to the public free of charge.http://www.holocaustedu.org/
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Mission Statement
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is America's national institution for the documentation, study, and interpretation of Holocaust history, and serves as this country's memorial to the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims - six million were murdered; Gypsies, the handicapped and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi tyranny.
The Museum's primary mission is to advance and disseminate knowledge about this unprecedented tragedy; to preserve the memory of those who suffered; and to encourage its visitors to reflect upon the moral and spiritual questions raised by the events of the Holocaust as well as their own responsibilities as citizens of a democracy.
Chartered by a unanimous Act of Congress in 1980 and located adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, DC, the Museum strives to broaden public understanding of the history of the Holocaust through multifaceted programs: exhibitions; research and publication; collecting and preserving material evidence, art and artifacts related to the Holocaust; annual Holocaust commemorations known as Days of Remembrance; distribution of education materials and teacher resources; and a variety of public programming designed to enhance understanding of the Holocaust and related issues, including those of contemporary significance.http://www.ushmm.org/
Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance
Yad Vashem, established in 1953, is the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority. The words mean "a monument and a name" in Hebrew.
The organization has been working with others to document the approximately six million Jews killed during the Holocaust. So far, they've created a database of nearly three million victims.
This site gives you access to this searchable database. You can search by name, location, birthplace and other variables.http://yadvashem.org