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URI to hold Holocaust memorial ceremony, April 25

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

KINGSTON, R.I. -- April 7, 2006 -- Hillel at the University of Rhode Island will hold a campus-wide commemoration in honor of Yom HaShoah—Holocaust Memorial Day on Tuesday, April 25 at 3:30 p.m. in front of the Multicultural Center, 64 Lower College Road on the Kingston Campus. The student-led service will feature poetry, readings and songs. The event is open to the public.

In conjunction with Yom HaShoah, Hillel will display a commemorative "Field of Flags" on the Hammerschlag Mall, the walkway between the Multicultural Center and the Library. Nearly 2,400 small, colored flags will be placed in the ground, each representing 5,000 victims of the Holocaust. Eighty additional flags will represent the 400,000 victims of the ongoing genocide in Darfur, Sudan.

In calling attention to the horrors in Darfur as part of the Holocaust Remembrance activities this year, Hillel student organizers were inspired by the words of Holocaust survivor and author, Elie Wiesel: "As a Jew who does not compare any event to the Holocaust, I feel concerned and challenged by the Sudanese tragedy. We must be involved. I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation."

Among his numerous awards, Wiesel received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree and spoke at the University's Commencement ceremonies in May 1997.

For more information, please contact Hillel at 401-874-2740 or Hillel@uri.hillel.org.