Holocaust service to hear tales of resistance

Temple Israel in Sharon will host an April 11 service for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for Jews who died during the Holocaust.
Temple Israel in Sharon will host an April 11 service for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for Jews who died during the Holocaust.Globe File 2014/Globe Staff

In Greece during the Holocaust, Sara Fortis recruited other women to fight against Nazis and their collaborators. In France, a 10-year-old Jewish boy named Bernard Musmand pretended to be Catholic so he could attend boarding school, where he delivered falsified papers to help people escape the Nazis.

Those are just two of the stories that will be told at an April 11 service at Temple Israel in Sharon for Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance for Jews who died during the Holocaust.

Events surrounding Yom HaShoah will occur throughout the region during April.

Ten synagogues in the area will cosponsor the Temple Israel service on Yom HaShoah, which is April 11 this year but varies year-to-year depending on the Hebrew calendar.


The coalition has been cohosting an annual memorial service for decades, according to Joyce Greenwald, a member of the planning committee. The service is moved from synagogue to synagogue each year.

Greenwald said the annual event is important “so people never forget the enormity of what happened so that we can prevent it from happening to anyone ever again.”

The ceremony will begin at 7 p.m., with a 15- to 20-minute traditional service, after which high school student representatives from each synagogue will present readings about people who fought against perpetrators of the Holocaust.

“This particular year, the content is about resistance,” Greenwald said. “Each one is a personal story of someone who resisted in some way.”

Next, worshipers will be able to light candles in memory of people who perished during the Holocaust. The names of family members of synagogue members who died will be read.

Finally, Gisele Princz and Ron Czik, whose parents survived the Holocaust, will speak about their family members’ experiences.

The annual ceremony usually draws at least 150 people, Greenwald said. Last year, she estimates that about 300 people attended. “There was not a seat to be found,” she said.


Other Holocaust remembrance events will take place in the area this month, including:

The Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills in Milton will rededicate its Holocaust Memorial Window, which has resided in Temple Shalom of Milton since the 1980s until it was recently moved to the congregation’s new building, which was completed in 2016. The rededication will take place April 8 at 2 p.m. and will include music, stories from survivors, remarks by clergy and officials, and prayers of mourning.

The Congregation Sha’aray Shalom in Hingham will host a theater presentation titled “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust” on April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The play shows six children in the last two days of their lives before they died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Plymouth No Place for Hate and the Plymouth Interfaith Clergy Association will host a remembrance event April 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Christ Church Parish in Plymouth. Holocaust educator Ronnie Hirschhorn will speak about resistance and the role of Jewish women during the Holocaust. There will also be performances from cantorial soloist Linda Myer and choruses from both of Plymouth’s high schools.

Julia Preszler can be reached at julia.preszler@globe.com.