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Yom HaShoah commemoration at Holocaust museum set for April 16

A Yom HaShoah commemoration ceremony is planned for Thursday, April 16 – Holocaust Remembrance Day – from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Florida Holocaust Museum.

There will be a brief service including local rabbis offering prayers cantors singing and a candle-lighting ceremony by Holocaust survivors followed by guest speaker Father Kevin Spicer, a distinguished professor of history at Stonehill College, a Catholic university in Massachusetts,

Father Spicer’s topic will be “Entreaty and Supplication: Catholic Clergy and Jews in Hitler’s Germany.”

Under National Socialism, a select group of Catholic priests in Germany interceded for their persecuted Jewish neighbors. This lecture examines these courageous individuals whose words and actions, while bold, at times, too, reveal the ingrained anti-Semitism present within the German Catholic Church of the 1930s and ’40s.

The priest’s research centers on the relationship between the Roman Catholic Church and the German state under National Socialism. He is the author of Hitler’s Priests: Catholic Clergy and National Socialism and Resisting the Third Reich: The Catholic Clergy in Hitler’s Berlin and editor of Antisemitism, Christian Ambivalence, and the Holocaust.

Spicer is a board member of the Council of Centers on Jewish Christian Relations (CCJR) and co-editor of its journal Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations. He is also a member of the Committee on Ethics, Religion, and the Holocaust of the Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

The Yom HaShoah commemoration is presented in partnership with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis and the Bay Area Cantorial Association, and is part of The Florida Holocaust Museum’s Genocide and Human Rights Awareness events.

The program is free and open to the public. The Holocaust museum is located at 55 5th St. S., in downtown St. Petersburg. For more information, call (727) 820-0100.

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