1,100 Holocaust survivors call Cleveland home. On April 15th, survivors were honored and those that perished in the Holocaust were  remembered during a program held at the Green Road Synagogue in Beachwood.

Guests witnessed a moving ceremony where six of Cleveland’s Holocaust survivors and their families will light memorial candles to remember those who perished. A seventh candle will be lit by a World War II veteran and liberator, and an eighth candle will be lit to represent “Righteous among the nations.” Children will also participate in a “March of the Generations,” to signify that Jewish life after the Holocaust continues.

Additionally, a Holocaust Education video  premiered at the commemoration. The video explains the importance of Holocaust curriculum in our schools and across all faiths. As part of the Holocaust education curriculum, local schools entered the Yom Hashoah V’Hagvurah Creative Arts Contest, where students were invited to create original written and visual arts pieces to incorporate this year’s theme, “70th Anniversary of the Liberation: Keeping the Memory Alive.”

James A Garfield High School students participated in this contest and are proud of  Creative Writing Winners –  1st Place – Jane Rader, 10th Grade and 3rd Place – Michaela Paroff, 10th Grade. As winners of this creative writing and visual arts contest, their work was displayed at Cleveland’s annual Holocaust commemoration on April 15 at Green Road Synagogue