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4/5/2013 11:17:00 AM
Holocaust commemorated
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Holocaust survivors observe a minute of silence during a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp Jan. 27 in Auschwitz, Poland.
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Holocaust survivors observe a minute of silence during a ceremony marking the 66th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Nazi death camp Jan. 27 in Auschwitz, Poland.

A Holocaust commemoration is set for Pioneer Courthouse Square 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday, April 8. People from all walks of life will read from a list of names provided by Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust Research Center. The program’s opening ceremony will include poetry, prayers, and candle lighting. More than 6,000 names will be read during the course of the day.

It's been 70 years since the final attack on the Warsaw ghetto and clearing of Jews to concentration camps.

University of Portland will host Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein at 4 p.m. Friday, April 19 in Buckley Center Room 163 on campus. Greenstein — born Miriam Kominkowska — was a 9-year-old in Lubraniec, Poland, in 1939 when the Nazis invaded. From then until her liberation in 1945, she endured a succession of mounting horrors that took everything from her, including her entire immediate family in Europe.

After her liberation by British troops and her recuperation in hospitals, displaced person camps and welcoming homes, Greenstein succeeded in making contact with her only known relatives. Her parents had drilled into her memory the Northeast Glisan Street address of her Uncle Moniek and Aunt Hanita in Portland. Greenstein is the author of the 2010 book In the Shadow of Death, A Young Girl's Survival in the Holocaust and a regular speaker for the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center.
 
  



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