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The 2015 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration was held Sunday, March 29, 2015, 3-5pm, at Meredith College in Raleigh. A pre-commemoration panel discussion with Holocaust survivors took place from 2-2:45pm.

The Featured Speaker was Dr. Zev Harel, who endured fourteen months of forced labor in Ebensee concentration camp before being liberated at age 15 by soldiers of the U.S. Third Cavalry (whose veterans he has thanked at several reunions). Now living in Greensboro, Dr. Harel is Professor Emeritus of Social Work at Cleveland State University.

The Annual Commemorations feature

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

The event is open to all and free of charge. Ample free parking is available.

View the 2015 Holocaust Commemoration program ( pdf, 1.6mb).

View the Raleigh News & Observer article on the commemoration (March 30, 2015).


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.