Holocaust memorial week starts Sunday

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  • By Angela Woolen
  • Robing Public Affairs
At the end of World War II, the Jewish community founded a week dedicated to remembering the holocaust.

The Week of Remembrance starts April 12 on Holocaust Remembrance Day, called Yom Hashoah. A service at Temple Beth Israel in Macon will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

There will be a presentation and well as a memorial service.

At Robins Air Force Base, the three Sunday services on April 19 at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., will each touch on the holocaust, according to Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Jonathan Wade.

"The purpose is to remember the tragedy so that we can learn from it," said Jay Freedman, Robins Air Force Base Jewish Lay Leader.

Between 1933 and 1945, between five and six million Jewish people and were killed in Europe by the Nazis during World War II. 

The Nazi regime, led by Adolf Hitler, believed that the German race was superior to the Jewish race and therefore a threat, according to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. 

The memorial week is not just for remembering, Freedman stressed, but it also calls people to action against things currently happening in the world today.

"We're trying to prevent genocide with this platform. It's what you do, not just saying it's a bad thing but a platform for actions," he said.

The Jewish community worldwide is small compared to other religions. At Robins, Freedman said the population fluctuates between a dozen to almost two dozen military members. 

Civilians and contractors who are of the Jewish faith are few as well.

"We're a very small contingent," Freedman said.