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State of Kansas Holocaust Commemorative Service

April 29 @ 1:00 pm


The annual State of Kansas Holocaust Commemorative Service will be held on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 1:00 p.m., in the ballroom of the Downtown Ramada Inn, 420 SE 6th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. The event is free and open to the public.

Governor Laura Kelly will present the Proclamation for the Days of Remembrance, an 8-day period designated by the United States Congress for commemorations and educational programs about the Holocaust.

Holocaust survivor, Gitla Doppelt, will give the keynote address, speaking about her own and her family’s struggles to survive as resistance fighters. Kansas clergy, lawmakers, and students will participate in the service; the Seaman High School Choir (Topeka) and the Blue Valley North Chamber Singers (Overland Park) will perform. Holocaust survivors and their descendents, along with Jewish World War II veterans, will also be recognized during this moving and uplifting commemoration.

The theme for this year, “Stronger Than Hate,” makes a direct association with the tragic synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, PA on October 27th, 2018. This event showed the world the horrifying results of intolerance, while the national and international outpouring of sympathy and support that followed demonstrated the importance of communities coming together to fight hate and bigotry, and the necessity for resistance and speaking out.

For more information, or to reserve space for school groups, please call 785-272-6040.


April 29
1:00 pm


Downtown Ramada Inn
420 SE 6th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas
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