Holocaust victims' names to be read here...


April 15, 1993

Holocaust victims' names to be read here, elsewhere

Beginning at 12:30 p.m. Sunday at Baltimore's War Memorial Building, Lexington and Gay streets, the names of hundreds of victims of the Holocaust will be read aloud in a ceremony intended to communicate the personal impact of Nazi horrors in World War II.

Similar recitations, organized nationally by B'nai B'rith, will take place in 120 communities across the country as part of Yom HaShoa, the annual Jewish Day of Remembrance.

A full day of activities is planned in Baltimore. The principal public ceremony, sponsored by the Baltimore Jewish Council, will begin at the War Memorial at 2:15 p.m. The featured speaker is Judith Goldstein, executive director of Thanks to Scandinavia Inc. Her subject will be "Copenhagen/Warsaw '43."

Yom HaShoa this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Danish Resistance and the Warsaw Ghetto Up rising. Honored guests will include Peter Dyvig, Danish ambassador to the United States, and Larry Lesser, a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.

At the conclusion of events at the War Memorial, a "Procession of Memory" will lead the audience to the Holocaust Memorial at Water and Gay streets, where there will be candle-lighting and prayers.

Banners bearing the names of the German concentration camps will be carried in the procession, and participants will include representatives of the Baltimore Hebrew, Beth El, Beth Israel, Beth Tfiloh, Temple Emanuel and Temple Oheb Shalom congregations and schools, as well as alumni of last year's Eastern Europe/Israel Community Summer Experience sponsored by the Board of Jewish Education. Information: 235-9006.

Also as part of Sunday's observances in Baltimore, Democratic state Sen. Clarence W. Blount, of the city's 41st Legislative District, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at Baltimore Hebrew University, 5800 Park Heights Ave. His subject will be "Memories: An African-American Reflects on His Role in World War II."

Dean Judy Meltzer said of the free lecture, "This year's program will enable us to focus on a painful contradiction in America's wartime role. Senator Blount is an African-American veteran of World War II. While serving in a segregated unit of an Army rife with racism, he and his fellow black soldiers participated in the liberation of those European Jews who survived Nazi genocide." Information: 578-6900.

Additional Yom HaShoa observances planned for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in the Baltimore area include events at Goucher College, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Johns Hopkins University. Goucher's program, entitled "From Destruction to Renewal," will begin at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in Mary Fisher Hall. Songs, readings and videos will continue through the night. On Monday, the focus of the program will shift

to the vitality of the Jewish State of Israel.

The Scrolls:

James Brashler, dean of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's Seminary and University, will discuss the latest academic controversies over the Dead Sea Scrolls in an informal presentation at 7:30 p.m. today at the seminary's Laubacher Hall, 5400 Roland Ave., Baltimore.

Interpretation of the Scrolls will also be the subject of a two-day symposium Wednesday and Thursday at the Library of Congress in Washington, co-sponsored by the library and Baltimore Hebrew University. Taking part is an international panel of scholars, including Eugene Ulrich, University of Notre Dame professor. He was one of three people appointed in 1990 to replace a chief editor of the Scrolls project accused of anti-Semitism.

The fierce debate over publication of the Scrolls has swept the scholarly world since tight limits on access to them were lifted more than a year ago. The approximately 800 documents, considered one of the great archaeological finds of the century, were discovered more than 40 years ago in caves near the Dead Sea. They were written between the second century B.C. and A.D. 70.

P. Kyle McCarter, the William Foxwell Albright Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies at Johns Hopkins, is on the panel for the Library of Congress program organized by Baltimore Hebrew University's Joseph Baumgarten. Information: 578-6915.


The public is invited to a brunch and talk on recycling at noon Sunday at Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, sponsored by the congregation's Social Responsibility Committee. Information: 828-4582.

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