Gann Commemorates Yom HaShoah

On Monday, May 6 the Gann community solemnly observed Yom HaShoah with a student-led ‘Tekkes’, a commemorative ceremony in honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Throughout the event, students paid tribute in various ways, including heartfelt poems and musical performances led by both students and faculty. One reading in particular reflected on a compelling anecdote of non-Jewish neighbors standing in solidarity with the Jews of Bulgaria, and was followed by the recitation of the El Maleh Rahmim prayer in memory of those who perished. 

The event transitioned into a discussion featuring Holocaust survivor and speaker, Janet Singer Applefield, formerly Gustawa Singer. She shared her journey of survival, recounting her separation from her family when she was just 12 years old, and the adoption of a new Polish identity to avoid persecution. 

The event concluded with an engaging Q&A session, during which students delved into Janet’s perspectives on contemporary instances of antisemitism, her experience of public speaking about such traumatic events, and her inspiration for writing her newly released memoir. She encouraged students to educate others on her story. 

We extend our gratitude to Facing History, Janet, and faculty members Noah Weinberg and Abby Fisher for organizing this meaningful opportunity for our community to reflect on this pivotal moment in history and reflecting on its lessons for present reality. 

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