2015 Days of Remembrance

On April 13, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring April 12-19, 2015, as "Days of Remembrance" in Georgia. On behalf of the State, the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust hosted a commemoration ceremony in the State Capitol on April 17. The 2015 theme was "Witness to Liberation: 70 Years Later". 

 Six candles were lit by Holocaust survivors, liberators, and witnesses in memory of the six million Jews that were murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. The 2015 Candlelighters were:

  • Manuela Mendels Bornstein
    Introduced  by Denis Barbet, Consul General of the Republic of France
  • George Aigen
    Introduced  by Representative Wendell Willard
  • Norbert Friedman
    Introduced by Thomas Wülfing, Deputy Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Edith Benson
    Introduced  by Kenneth DeSimone, Chief of the Sandy Springs Police
  • Paula Neuman Gris
    Introduced by Andreas Maager, Consul General of Switzerland
  • Hilbert Margol
    Introduced  by Representative Tom Taylor 
  • Elizabeth Lefkovits
    Introduced  by Genevieve Verbeek, Consul General of Belgium
  • Howard Margol
    Introduced  by Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul
  • Murray Lynn
    Introduced  by Peter Taylor, Consul of Political and Economic Relations for Canada
  • M. Alexis Scott
    Introduced by Attorney General Sam Olens
  • Ben Walker
    Introduced by Ron Brummer, Deputy Consul of Israel
  • Representative John Yates
    Introduced  by Representative Sharon Cooper

Click here to read the bios of the candle lighters.

In addition to the lighting of the candles, Ambassador Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast U.S. received the 2015 Chairman's Lifetime Achievement Award from Michael Altman. Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul accepted the 2015 Humanitarian Award on behalf of Eva Galambos, the first mayor of Sandy Springs. First Lady Sandra Deal presented Gretchen Abernathy of Dalton Middle School as the Distinguished Educator of 2015. The student winners of the 2015 Creative Arts Student Contest were also recognized. The Atlanta Young Singers of Callanwolde closed the program with "Hymn of the Jewish Partisans" by Hirsch Glick. Click here to view the full 2015 Days of Remembrance program.

The 2015 Days of Remembrance commemoration and 2015 Creative Arts Student Contest are made possible through the generous support of Gary Alexander, Michael Altman and Michael Morris.

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