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The 2017 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be held Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Raleigh at Meredith College (Jones Auditorium). The event is open to all and free of charge. Ample free parking is available. Campus map.

2-3pm: Youth in the Holocaust: A Performance Collage. Live theater, dance, music, and vocal performances that commemorate the Holocaust, by elementary, middle, and high school students of the Triangle area.

3:30-5pm: Holocaust Commemoration. Featured Speaker: Abe Piasek of Raleigh. Mr. Piasek survived Radom and Auschwitz in Poland, and two slave labor camps in Germany before being liberated by the U.S. Army in 1945. Arriving in the U.S. in 1947, he became a professional baker, married, and raised a family.

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 2016 Holocaust Commemoration program (pdf, 1.2mb).

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.