As it has since 1989, B’nai B’rith International is proud to once again serve as the official North American sponsor of the “Unto Every Person There is a Name” commemoration of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, April 19. In community observances across the United States names of those who perished in the Holocaust will be read aloud in public spaces such as parks and malls.
Programs began on Sunday, April 15, and will continue through April 22, Along with their names, participants will read the date of birth and where and when the victims were murdered by the Nazis. This year, the theme developed by Yad Vashem is “My Brother’s Keeper: Jewish Solidarity During the Holocaust.”
In addition to community observances, a related program, “We Walk to Remember,” will be jointly sponsored with Alpha Epsilon Pi, the Jewish Fraternity, on more than 80 college campuses throughout the United States, Canada and Israel.
Students will gather to remember the victims of the Holocaust by reading the names aloud and then walking throughout their campuses to bring a very clear message: that they would “Never Forget.” B’nai B’rith provides handout materials and stickers that say “Never Forget,” which participants wear.
The B’nai B’rith World Center in Jerusalem serves on the international committee that provides reading and information about the annual theme. Communities are encouraged to seek additional names for the Yad Vashem archive of Holocaust victims as it becomes harder and harder to get this information from survivors. B’nai B’rith is grateful to Kurt and Tessye (of blessed memory) Simon for their support of this Center for Jewish Identity program..