“This event is for remembrance,” Weinberg sophomore Freddy Levenson said. “It’s to keep history from repeating itself.”
Students read the names and ages of Holocaust victims before leading the marchers briefly around campus.
Participants wore signs declaring “Never Forget” as they walked along Sheridan Road. Nearly 30 students and Evanston residents came to the event.
Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein spoke about the Nazis’ use of the Jewish star, a symbol of Jewish pride, as a way to separate and denigrate Jews in Europe. “Yom HaShoah helps us to remember the victims, helps us to recognize the survivors and to remind us that if we do nothing, evil will endure,” Klein said.
“Today is a universally human day of sorrow,” Rabbi Brandon Bernstein said.
Photos by Virginia Nowakowski / North by Northwestern
Northwestern community members gathered at the Rock on Thursday afternoon as a part of Yom HaShoah. The date remembers the 11 million Jews, Roma, political prisoners, disabled persons and homosexuals who died during the Holocaust. Rabbi Brandon Bernstein spoke briefly before students, and Evanston residents marched a short path around campus, finishing at the Rock. After two students shared their perspectives on Yom HaShoah, Rabbi Dov Hillel Klein discussed the importance of symbols and remembering tragedies to avoid repeating them. The event closed with a recitation of the Kaddish, a traditional Jewish prayer for the deceased.
Editor's note 5/9: A previous version misattributed a quote by Rabbi Klein to Rabbi Bernstein, and vice versa. NBN regrets this error.