Friday, 07 May 2010 00:00
Despite the rain outside, the crowd inside the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County’s new museum walked and learned as they toured the galleries and learned from the Center’s docents about the experiences of children during the Holocaust. On this special day, the Center held its annual Memorial Walk to remember the children who were murdered during the Holocaust. In addition and for the first time, a simultaneous Memorial Walk was held at the Sands Point Preserve with members of all five Port Washington synagogues in attendance in conjunction with their Mitzvah Day.
Holocaust Center educators at both sites spoke about the experiences of children in ghettoes, in concentration camps, in hiding, in the Terezin concentration camp, or on the Kindertransport to England.
The two Memorial Walk sites hosted more than 400 interested walkers each of whom received a biography of a Holocaust child who did not survive. To symbolize the children who died, paper butterflies with the walker’s names were posted on a special commemorative wall.
Those who attended at the Holocaust Center were treated to a musical program following the walk. Young violinists Chloe Margolis and violinist Erica Suda of the Weber School, Port Washington, performed several pieces highlighted by Chloe’s haunting composition, Remember, written in memory of the children especially for the Walk. The delightful Children’s Choir from Memorial Presbyterian Church, Roosevelt, directed by Pat West, sang two beautiful selections and featured solo performances from all the choir members. A perennial favorite, the Treble Singers of the E.M. Baker School, Great Neck, directed by Jim Shepherd, rounded out the program with several songs. The audience loved the performances and the participants had a great time.
All agreed that it was an inspiring day and expressed great anticipation for next year’s Walk, and better weather.