White Sands Missile Range community members came out to honor the memories of those who suffered and died in the Holocaust during a Days of Remembrance observance April 15 at the Truman Kimbro Dining Facility.
During the observance, a group of WSMR Service Members and community members helped light eleven candles in honor of those impacted by the actions of the holocaust.
Rabbi Larry Karol, with Temple Beth-El in Las Cruces, was the guest speaker.
During his presentation Karol talked about how a visit to the El Paso Holocaust Museum and Study Center reminded him of the many acts of courage and stories about people who helped save the lives of Jewish children who were destined to die.
He mentioned the book “All But My Life” by Gerda Weissmann Klein, where she tells her story of how in June of 1942, her family was deported from the Bielsko ghetto. While her parents were transported to Auschwitz, Gerda was sent to the Gross-Rosen camp system, where for the remainder of the war she performed forced labor in textile factories. Gerda was liberated after a death march, wearing the ski boots her father insisted would help her to survive.
Karol also talked about the book “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” by Jack Mayer. The book tells the story of the Polish Catholic social worker who organized a rescue network of fellow social workers to save 2,500 Jewish children in the Warsaw ghetto and the three high school girls from a school district in southeast Kansas who through a history project, a play they called “Life in a Jar”, elevated Irena Sendler to a national hero.
“Their persistence and bravery made an impact,” Karol aid.