Kingwood, TX -- (ReleaseWire) -- 04/16/2012 -- With all the current turmoil and conflicts raging in the world today, many people may ask, “Who cares about the Holocaust?” In participation with the March of Remembrance – Houston on April 21st, 2012, Kingwood students are prepared to answer that question.
Creekwood Middle School students were captivated by the story of Holocaust survivor, Agi Kreissler, who spoke at the school. Her story also had a personal impact on principal, Walt Winicki, whose mother survived the Holocaust and was a prisoner in the death camp at Bergen-Belson. When the principal and students learned that the inaugural March of Remembrance for Houston would be held in their Kingwood neighborhood, they were anxious to help.
The March of Remembrance – Houston will be held on Saturday, April 21st, 2012 in Kingwood, Texas. The event will start with a prayer and awareness walk beginning at Kingwood United Methodist Church located at 1799 Woodland Hills Drive, Kingwood, at 1:00 pm. The March will continue north passing prayer points by the seven hosting churches of Woodland Hills Dr ending at St. Martha Catholic Church at 3702 Woodland Hills Dr. A memorial service will commence at 3:00 p.m. at St. Martha Catholic Church with speakers including Ruth Steinfeld, a Holocaust survivor, and Simon Wellner and Dr. Hy Penn, both children of Holocaust survivors.
Students are conducting research on the lives of both victims of the Holocaust and the rescuers. They will then compose a one paragraph summary. Each participant in the March will receive a unique lanyard that will have the story of a victim on one side and a rescuer on the other, told in the students’ own words.
“This is a great opportunity for students to hear a firsthand account of what exactly went on in Germany leading up to World War II and during the Holocaust and see the actual lives affected rather than just reading names and dates in a history book,” said Rozalie Jerome, visionary for the Houston March and one of the event organizers. “The dark uncertainty that Europe, and the world, suffered from the Hitler’s threat and the horror the Allies discovered when freeing the death camps made such an impact that it has been one of the largest influences on U.S. foreign policy since,” explained Jerome, “You can’t understand the dynamics of international politics without understanding what happened with Hitler and the Holocaust.”
The March of Remembrance (http://www.marchofremembrance.org) provides an opportunity for people worldwide to publicly demonstrate their respect for the Jewish people and their right to exist as a nation. Throughout their long history, the Jewish people have repeatedly been threatened with annihilation from their various enemies, with no logical justification, other than that they were Jewish. A nationwide event, the 2012 March will be held in 40 U.S. cities. The March of Remembrance in the U.S. is an offshoot of the March of Life in Europe (http://www.marschdeslebens.org/en/v2).
Students, organizations, and individuals interested in participating in the March can visit http://www.marchofremembrancehouston.org or call 713.489.6036 for more information.