April 28, 2014
To the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas,
On this remembrance of Yom HaShoah, I want to offer the concern of the Minnesota Council of Churches' members as we remember the six million Jews – innocent men, women and children – who were held captive and then murdered in the genocide of the Holocaust.
We also want to honor those who survived the bloody and traumatic massacre and were able to build new lives around the world. They have had to reach into the depths of courage to do so, no doubt. And they have told the stories the rest of us need to hear.
One way the Minnesota Council of Churches has shared those stories has been through the promotion of Holocaust awareness events, such as Temple Aaron’s Holocaust Remembrance Day and William Mitchell's screening of the film Besa: A Code of Honor, in this month’s e-newsletters.
On this Yom HaShoah, let us recommit ourselves to remembering the horror and the bravery, and to always oppose anti-Semitism wherever it takes root.
We must recommit to the promise that we will "Never Again" allow such.
Rev. Canon Peg Chemberlin
Minnesota Council of Churches