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Holocaust Rememberance

Holocaust Remembrance Day – Community Observance

Sunday, April 23

1:00 pm Opening Ceremony 

USM Talbot Hall – Luther Bonney Auditorium, Portland

1:10 pm Free Film Screening: 

The Silenced Walls 

In the Parisian suburb of Drancy lies an unadorned block of low-income housing. With some of the cheapest rents in the Paris region, it is the residence of 500 impoverished retirees, recently homeless and mentally disabled. On the surface everything seems normal, but this building is also France’s most notorious Holocaust site. Through moving interviews with Holocaust survivors and fascinating archival footage, this film offers a compassionate look inside the walls of this housing project and raises important questions about the existence of this building. (Documentary, 52 min.)


2:05 pm Moderated discussion and Q+A 

Led by historian and Holocaust expert Anna Bat Chai Wrobel and Charles Rotmil.

2:45 pm Community March / Walk 

From the corner of the USM campus at Brighton Ave., up Deering Avenue to the Slivka Memorial at Temple Beth El

3:15 pm Community Observance – 

Slivka Memorial 

Temple Beth El – 400 Deering Avenue

(Weather permitting. Otherwise, the observance will be held in the Temple Beth El Sanctuary).


Presented in partnership by: 

Hillel – The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life

Temple Beth El

Jewish Community Alliance of Southern Maine

the maine jewish film festival


Holocaust Remembrance Day also known as Yom HaShoah is a memorial day for those who died in the Shoah – the atrocities that were committed against the Jewish people during World War II. The Shoah is also known as the Holocaust, from a Greek word meaning “sacrifice by fire.”