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Tomorrow is Holocaust Remembrance Day in LA

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Tomorrow Los Angeles will take part in Holocaust Remembrance Day--called Yom Hashoah in Hebrew--in ceremonies around the city, with the largest one in California set for early Sunday afternoon in Pan Pacific Park.

Mayor Villaraigosa will be among the leaders attending the observance, and Rabbi David Wolpe of Sinai Temple is slated to be the keynote speaker. The location of the event is particularly significant, as early this year adjacent land was broken and dedicated for the construction of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, an important addition to not only LA's Jewish residents, but to the community at large in order to spread the message of peace and tolerance.

West Hollywood's Plummer Park hosts events beginning at 4:00 tomorrow that will include a performance that utilizes an Auschwitz survivor's artwork, and the creative work of children who were held in concentration camps, to be followed by a candlelight ceremony at the Babi Yar Memorial and a reception in Fiesta Hall.

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Organizers and participants are stressing the value of events held to remember the past because they believe it helps those who lost their lives continue to bear witness through the generations.

Yom Hashoa Events
1:45 p.m. @Pan Pacific Park | 7600 Beverly Blvd
4:00 p.m. @Fiesta Hall, Plummer Park | 7377 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood

Photo by Tahmid via Flickr