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Remembrance: F&M Community to Read Names of Holocaust Victims

In remembrance of the millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust, the Franklin & Marshall College community will remember those victims in an annual student-led event, the 24-hour reading of a few hundred thousand of those 6 million names.

From 7 p.m., March 25, to 7 p.m., March 26, a volunteer every quarter-hour will step up to the podium at the Steinman College Center to read names for 15 minutes.

"It's an important way to remember those who perished in the Holocaust and those who survived as well," said junior Hannah Rosenberg, co-chair of the Holocaust Remembrance Committee.

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  • Franklin & Marshall College Alumnus Jared Gorin, Class of 2013, participates in F&M's annual Holocaust name-reading vigil in April 2013. (Photo by Melissa Hess)

Six million men, women and children perished in the elaborate system of ghettoes, concentration camps, and extermination camps that Nazi Germany built during the Second World War to murder the Jews of Europe.

Rosenberg said her grandfather, Michael Rosenberg, was a Holocaust victim who survived the concentration camps while generous gentiles hid her grandfather's brother, Ben, until the war ended in 1945.

The opening ceremony of the event, now more than 25 years old, will begin with Rosenberg reciting a poem before volunteers begin to read the names.

Rather than by alphabetical order, volunteers will read names by town and country, Rosenberg said. A slide show of images taken by students of historic Holocaust sites in Europe will run continuously during the 24-hour period.

 The name reading will end at 7 p.m., March 26, with closing remarks and Kaddish, a mourning prayer that ends with a plea for peace, "Oseh Shalom."