Rabbi Brian Glusman, the center’s director of membership, outreach and engagement, said in a statement the date is also known as Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day.
“‘Shoah’ is Hebrew for ‘destruction,’ and is another name for the Holocaust,” he said about the genocide program of Nazi Germany during World War II.
Glusman said other countries also observe the occasion.
“In Israel, a morning siren sounds, stopping all activity. People stand in honor of those who died,” he said. “Jews around the world hold memorials and vigils, often lighting six candles in honor of the six million Holocaust victims.
Sunday’s program will include lighting six torches in the Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, which guest speaker, Sandy Springs resident Jerome S. Legge Jr., Ph.D., called “beautiful.”
The University of Georgia associate dean and author of “Jews, Turks, and Other Strangers: The Roots of Prejudice in Modern Germany” will present a few options for keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive.
“It’s the challenge between memory and time passing,” Legge said. “I suggest, as a historian, we do that by certain dates.”
His listeners will hear about potential days to observe.
“I’m going to talk about the Holocaust in Italy and some dates that people might not be aware of. They’re more familiar with Poland and Germany than Italy,” Legge said.
He will describe an October 1943 raid in Rome and the 75-year anniversary of racial profiling laws.
“They were different from Germany because they weren’t of the Aryan race, but it was the same theme,” Legge said.
Observing the sacrifices made on those dates will help comfort the survivors and their descendants, he said, many of whom live in the metro area.
“We probably have 150,000 Jewish people in Atlanta. We still have some Holocaust survivors around,” he said. “We want to remember the Jewish community that existed. We want to keep in memory the survivors who did live in Atlanta and are no longer with us.”
If you go:
What: Yom HaShoah
When: Sunday at 4 p.m.
Where: The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta, 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody
Information: visit www.atlantajcc.org or firstname.lastname@example.org