Yom HaShoah will be held April 23, 2017, at 7:00 PM at Temple Emanuel (1115 Mississippi Ave., Davenport, IA).
Yom HaShoah, or “Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust,” occurs every year in communities around the world. In the Quad Cities, Yom HaShoah has been observed annually since 1982. Sponsors include the Jewish Federation of the Quad Cities, Temple Emanuel, Tri-City Jewish Center, Churches United, Augustana College and St. Ambrose University. It is believed to be the oldest continuing interfaith Yom HaShoah commemoration.
This year’s main speaker is Doris Fogel, who was living in Berlin with her family on Kristallnacht, when synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed across Germany and Austria. The next year (1939), family and friends arranged passage to China. The port city of Shanghai was, for many Jews, the last refuge that could be reached without a passport, visa, or affidavit. After nearly a decade in sometimes terrible conditions, she left Shanghai and came to the United States, settling in Fort Wayne, Indiana.