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April 28, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Edina City Hall
4801 W. 50th St.
Edina, MN 55424
Free admission
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Days of Remembrance

Sunday, April 28, 2019

The City of Edina’s Human Rights & Relations Commission (HRRC) holds an annual human rights forum, entitled Days of Remembrance. The ninth-annual Days of Remembrance will specifically look at “Surviving the Holocaust in France: With Help From Everyday Heroes.”

This year’s event will feature guest speaker Louise Dillery, a Holocaust survivor from Paris, France. She will share her story about her life in Paris after the Germans invaded France. Dillery was 15 years old when she witnessed the German army marching into Paris, and remembers with great sadness watching the German’s lower the French flag and replace it with the German flag. Growing up Jewish in Paris was extremely difficult under Nazi occupation. Jews had their citizenship revoked and a registry was initiated for all Jews living in France. Their freedom of movement was limited, their businesses were closed, their property confiscated and 78,000 Jews were deported from France to concentration camps with only 2,000 of those surviving the concentration camps. Just a few years after Dillery’s mother died from tuberculosis and her father was taken by cattle car and deported to Auschwitz, never to be seen again. Left on her own as a teenager, Dillery credits her survival to neighbors and friends in Paris who provided meals, paid her rent and helped her to continue in school.

As part of this year’s Days of Remembrance program, attendees of the forum will be able to view art projects created by fourth- and fifth-grade students at Normandale Elementary School bearing the themes of “Everyday Heroes” and “Compassion for Our Neighbors.” The students’ artwork will be displayed in the lobby of City Hall on the day of the event, and for the two weeks following. The student art project display, "Together For All," can be viewed in the City Hall lobby from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through May 10.

Edina hosts Days of Remembrance each year in memory of victims of the Holocaust and to encourage the community on the need for respect for all people. Days of Remembrance was recognized beginning in 2011 following a proclamation adopted by the City Council. In previous years, Edina has acknowledged women in the Holocaust and genocides, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, the crises in the Congo in which six million people have perished since 1996, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of Auschwitz.

The Days of Remembrance Human Rights Forum is free and open to the public.