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APR 22, 2012

Yom HaShoah Press Release








  • Innovative Programs Help City Residents Remember and Learn About Events of the Holocaust
  • Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Renowned Holocaust Scholar Yehuda Bauer, and Special Guest Theodore Bikel to Highlight Ceremony of Commemoration at 2:00 p.m.
  • Survivors Will Narrate Unprecedented Family Event, “Walk of Remembrance,” Through Pan Pacific Park Beginning at 9.30 a.m.
  • Musicians, Singers and Other Artists Will Perform in Ampitheatre Throughout the Day
  • Multi-Faceted Family Activity “Courage+Inspiration=Hero” Will Engage Children of All Ages
  • Museum of the Holocaust Open for Tours 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Including Newest Exhibit, Tree of Testimony: USC Shoah Foundation Institute Interview Wall at Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
  • All Events Entirely Free to the Public



LOS ANGELES, CA – April 29 2012 –On Sunday, April 22 Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust will host “Yom HaShoah,” A Day of Commemoration of the Holocaust, featuring innovative programs completely free to the public in Pan Pacific Park.


At 2 p.m. a Ceremony of Commemoration will begin under the main tent to be erected in the center of Pan Pacific Park. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, renowned Holocaust Scholar Yehuda Bauer, winner of the Israel Prize, and actor and musical legend Theodore Bikel will highlight the program. The Shalhevet High School Choir will also perform at the ceremony, which will conclude with traditional memorial prayers to be sung by Cantor Steven Walfish. Among other speakers, Temple Beth Am Senior Rabbi Adam Kligfield will perform the invocation.


At 9:30 a.m. Holocaust Survivors will lead participants – especially families of all ages – on a guided walk through Pan Pacific Park. Various signposts in the park will indicate a significant moment in Holocaust history, and as the survivors and their participants approach each signpost a survivor will recall briefly his or her memories of those events. The walk will culminate at the Martyrs Memorial Monument next to the Museum commemorating the 6 million Jews killed in the Holocaust.


Participants will be able to light candles at the Monument throughout the day.


At 10:00 a.m. the Museum will open for docent-lead and self-guided tours until 5:00 p.m. Singers, musicians and other artists will also begin performing at the Pan Pacific Park ampitheatre and will also continue until 5:00 p.m. The Museum’s newest exhibit, the Tree of Testimony: USC Shoah Foundation Institute Interview Wall at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, will present survivor interviews across a wall of 65 screens. This unprecedented exhibit, using iPod touch technology to stream the audio to visitors, will play the entire USC Shoah Foundation collection of 52,000 testimonies over the course of a year.


Throughout the day educators will be on hand in the Goldrich Children’s Memorial to guide families and children through the engaging and multi-faceted activity, “Courage+Inspiration= Hero.” During this activity participants will learn about acts of courage and resistance during the Holocaust. Visitors will be given postcards profiling 5 prominent resistance figures and their acts of courage. Participants will be invited to address and mail the cards to their friends, after adding a brief comment about their own responses to the acts of courage. In addition, visitors will be able to write about someone in their community or family or who is well-known that they consider to be an inspiration. These comments will be posted on bulletin boards throughout the Children’s Memorial.


Survivors will also be recounting their personal stories at 10:30 AM and 1:00 PM inside the museum.


Performers in the amphitheater will include composer and opera singer Julia Adophe, the Michelle Willner Choir, singer Emiliano Preciado, Third Wheel Musical group, and dancer Alexandra Shilling. More information about specific performance times can be found at the Museum website:


The Yom HaShoah event is one of the largest gatherings of Holocaust survivors in Los Angeles. Along with survivors and museum staff, international dignitaries and Los Angeles officials, will attending.

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is completing his second of two terms as Los Angeles Mayor, and he will chair the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Professor Yehuda Bauer is Professor of Holocaust Studies at the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 1998, he was awarded the Israel Prize for "History of the Jewish People." Special musical guest Theodore Bikel has enjoyed an unparalleled career as the Broadway actor who originated the role of Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, earned an L.A. Emmy in 1998, is a well-known Hollywood star, and has song and performed throughout the world.


Sponsorship opportunities are available. Tickets are not required for this event. Free and open to the public. Due to security issues, no backpacks or large bags are allowed. There is limited parking at the museum, overflow parking spaces are available at the nearby CBS parking lot.


About Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

Holocaust survivors founded the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in the early 1960s as a permanent repository for their personal artifacts from the Holocaust and the world the Nazis destroyed.   Today the Museum hosts docent-led school tours, survivor lectures, exhibitions on the Holocaust, and numerous special events. Museum admission is always free.  Visit us on-line at on the Web.