Community Invited to Celebrate Oregon Holocaust Memorial’s Fifth Anniversary
Local Survivors Will Give Guided Tours on August 30
By Oregon Holocaust Remembrance Center
Portland, Oregon — July 27, 2009 — An event commemorating the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial will be held on Sunday, August 30, 2009, in Washington Park, in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Holocaust Memorial, gracefully set into a meadow in Portland’s Washington Park, was completed at the end of August 2004, the culmination of a decade of planning, design, and fundraising by a dedicated volunteer coalition of civic and religious organizations. Since then, tens of thousands of visitors have experienced this powerful Memorial, with its eloquent description of history’s greatest crime, its testimonial to those who rose above the ashes of human suffering, and its fundamental message of morality and compassion.
From 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the meadow above the Memorial, there will be brief remarks on the hour with musical interludes before and after. On the half-hour, tours of the Memorial will be led by local Holocaust survivors accompanied by trained docents from the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center.
This family-friendly, drop-in event is free and open to the public.
The Memorial has proved to be an invaluable resource for Oregon and southwest Washington teachers and students in communicating the lessons of the Holocaust. Speakers at the anniversary event will include Holocaust survivors who were active in creating the Memorial and who are members of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center’s Speakers Bureau, teachers whose classes have visited the Memorial, and local dignitaries, each offering their personal reflections on the value of the Memorial to our community.
The location is ADA-accessible. Visitors are encouraged to use public transportation: either the #63 bus (which runs hourly between downtown and Washington Park) or Tri-Met’s Washington Park Shuttle (which runs every fifteen minutes). Both of these buses stop across the street from the Memorial and connect directly with the MAX line at the Washington Park Zoo Station. Attendees also may bring a
picnic lunch to enjoy at the meadow above the Memorial.
This anniversary celebration is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial and Portland Parks & Recreation. The mission of the Friends of the Memorial — a committee of the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center — is to preserve and sustain the physical and educational components of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial for future generations. The Oregon Holocaust Resource Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization.
For more information, visit the Oregon Holocaust Resource Center’s web site at www.ohrconline.org,
or contact Deb Montrose at 503-531-0405.
Oregon Holocaust Memorial Fifth Anniversary Event Schedule
Sunday, August 30, 2009
Washington Park, Portland, Oregon
Master of Ceremonies: Lisa Kaner, Friends of the Oregon Holocaust Memorial
10:45 a.m. Music: Sarah Cole, harpist
11:00 a.m. Speakers: Holocaust survivors Eva Aigner and Les Aigner; Rabbi Ariel Stone (invited)
11:15 a.m. Music: Sarah Cole, harpist
11:30 a.m. Memorial Tour: Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein, with docent Chris Reed
11:45 a.m. Music: Satori Men’s Choir
12:00 noon Speakers: Holocaust survivor Al Wiener; Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish (invited), teacher Hannelore Tweed
12:15 p.m. Music: Satori Men’s Choir
12:30 p.m. Memorial Tour: Holocaust survivor to be determined, with docent Jill Slansky
12:45 p.m. Music: Klezmer with Jack Falk
1:00 p.m. Speakers: Holocaust survivor Miriam Greenstein; Portland Mayor Sam Adams (confirmed); former Mayor Vera Katz (invited)
1:15 p.m. Music: Klezmer with Jack Falk
1:30 p.m. Memorial Tour: Holocaust survivors Eva and Les Aigner, with their daughter, Susan Johnson, and docent Donna Krauthoffer
1:45 p.m. Music: To be determined
2:00 p.m. Speakers: Holocaust survivors Chella Kryszek and Jane Rosenbaum; teacher Susan Fairchild
2:15 p.m. Music: To be determined
2:30 p.m. Memorial Tour: Holocaust survivors Evie Banko and Jane Rosenbaum, with docent Elaine Coughlin
2:45 p.m. Music: Reverend Ross Miller, flautist
3:00 p.m. Speaker: Chancellor Mary Jo Tully of the Archdiocese of Portland in Oregon (confirmed)
3:15 p.m. Music: Ida Rae Cahana, singer
3:30 p.m. Memorial Tour: Holocaust survivors and docent to be determined
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