Survivor to speak at Interfaith Holocaust Remembrance Service

A Tale of Survival in Nazi Occupied France

The Tri-City Interfaith Council invites the public to attend their annual Holocaust Remembrance Service on Sunday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. The service is held at Temple Beth Torah, 42000 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont.

Yom HaShoah 2014 Leon Vermont croppedThis year, Leon Vermont will be the featured speaker. Vermont lived in France when the Nazi’s occupied it. As an adolescent, he witnessed his family being taken away by the Nazis. His parents and his younger sister and brother were shipped to Drancy and then to Auschwitz, where they perished. Vermont will tell his “Tale of Survival in Nazi Occupied France.”

His story includes how he was aided by the Jewish organization Oeuvre de Secours aux Enfants (the society for the aid of children) and how the French authorities collaborated fully with the Nazis in their round-up of the Jews. Vermont managed to survive and to emigrate to the United States. He is now a member of Temple Beth Torah.

There fewer survivors left each year to recount their stories. “We are very pleased to have a survivor in our midst who will share his story,” said the Rev. Jeffrey Spencer, past-president of the Tri-City Interfaith Council.

The service is free and open to everyone from all religious backgrounds, and no religious background. A free will offering will be received for “Facing History and Ourselves,” an organization helping classrooms and communities worldwide link the past to moral choices today. More information is about their work is available at www.facinghistory.org.

The Tri-City Interfaith Council is an interfaith organization made up of leaders and representative of over 35 faith communities in Fremont, Newark, and Union City. Their mission is to promote respect, understanding, cooperation, and appreciation for the many religious and faith traditions within our community.

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