April 24, 2015

2015 Days of Remembrance

On April 13, 2015, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring April 12-19, 2015, as "Holocaust 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:

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. 

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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