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Forgotten Holocaust

Published April 28, 2013 5:09 pm

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Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, commenced at sundown, April 6. At the Jewish Community Center, Gov. Gary Herbert read a proclamation designating the week as "Days of Remembrance" in Utah.

Several Holocaust survivors were in attendance, as well as their families and friends. Utah World War II veterans, local rabbis, Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams joined in the commemoration.

Local schoolchildren read personal essays and poetry. A children's choir sang what can't be spoken. A survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda gave eloquent expression to the pledge that each of us should heed: "Never again."

No mention of this event appeared in The Tribune, but the Deseret News prominently featured a story and photographs.

Last Monday, the front page of The Tribune featured an article and photos of the third memorial observance of the genocide in Rwanda. I am confident their families, friends and neighbors agree with their pledge of "Never again."

Is it possible that The Tribune has already forgotten the Holocaust, its survivors and its aftermath?

Joyce Man

Salt Lake City