That is the context within which organizers are framing Survival of the Spirit: Art, Music and Culture of the Holocaust — presented by Am Yisrael Chai — at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy auditorium in Sandy Springs Sunday at 7 p.m.
“The tragic thing is when you look at the genocides in the world today, we have to think of the lessons of the Holocaust … so we never forget and also make sure these kinds of things don’t [keep happening],” said program President Andrea Videlefsky.
The event is being held in commemoration of and on the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The Holocaust occurred during World War II when six millions Jews were killed by the Nazis.
The program’s annual remembrance will feature a keynote address by Ela Weissberger, a child survivor of the Theresienstadt concentration camp. Of the 15,000 children forcibly deported, only 150 survived.
She will recount those harrowing times with those on hand — her story billed as one of survival and the struggle to preserve the human spirit in spite of enormous adversity.
Weissberger, who now lives in New Jersey, will be among three Holocaust survivors to light memorial candles honoring the fallen at the beginning of Sunday’s program. The others are Ilse Reiner of Atlanta and Robert Fischer of Florida.
Videlefsky urged residents to take advantage of opportunities afforded by remembrance-related programming.
“I think it is of the utmost importance for us to really share the voices of the survivors while they’re still around to tell their stories,” she said. “It’s really important for people to make the effort to bear witness … because afterwards, we’ll only have what’s written in history books and what’s documented.”
An opening reception is set for 6:30 p.m. A post-event coffee and dessert reception has also been scheduled.
IF YOU GO:
o What: Survival of the Spirit: Art, Music and Culture of the Holocaust
o When: Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. (reception at 6:30 p.m.)
o Where: Greenfield Hebrew Academy auditorium, 5200 Northland Drive, Sandy Springs
o Cost: Free and open to the public
o Information: www.amyisraelchaiatlanta.org