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The 2019 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration was held Sunday, April 14, 2019, in Raleigh at Temple Beth Or. The Featured Speakers were:

  • Esther Gutman Lederman, who survived as a hidden teenager with a Catholic family in Poland. Ms. Lederman’s memoir is Hiding for Our Lives: The Wartime Memoirs of Esther Gutman Lederman and Ezjel Lederman (2007).

  • Mark Werner, son of Harold Werner, a Jewish partisan fighter in occupied Poland, whose memoir is Fighting Back: A Memoir of Jewish Resistance in WWII (1994).

The Annual Commemorations feature

  • A Holocaust survivor or scholar as the guest speaker
  • Student writing, artistic creations, vocal and dramatic performances, and other Holocaust projects.
  • Presentations by state officials, clergy, and others
  • A candle-lighting ceremony.

View the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration program (pdf, 1.6mb).

View news features on the 2016 commemoration and the 2015 commemoration.


Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew) is a day set aside for remembering the victims of the Holocaust and for reminding Americans of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign. The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was created by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in civic commemorations and to encourage appropriate Remembrance observances throughout the country.