Edina, Minn., July 14, 2021 – The City of Edina’s Human Rights & Relations Commission’s 10th Days of Remembrance will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 29, at Edina City Hall, 4801 W. 50th St. Residents may attend in person or watch on Edina TV or online.
This year’s event will feature guest speaker Manny Gabler, a Holocaust refugee. Gabler was one of nearly 20,000 Jews who fled from Europe to Shanghai, China, during World War II.
“When I joined the Human Rights & Relations Commission, one of the initiatives I knew I wanted to be a part of was the Days of Remembrance event,” said Michael Epstein, chair of the Commission. “This event is truly impactful because these brave speakers give us a firsthand account of the atrocities that they experienced and witnessed. With every passing year, it is more and more important that we hear their lessons and I admire the City of Edina for making it a priority and for giving these speakers the forum to get their message across. The Holocaust, as well as other instances of genocide must never be forgotten, and these programs assure us of that.”
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. Comcast subscribers can watch it live and in rebroadcasts on Edina TV, Channels 813 and 16. Others can watch live on the City’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/EdinaMN, or website, EdinaMN.gov/LiveMeetings.
For more information about the City of Edina’s Days of Remembrance program, visit EdinaMN.gov or contact Race & Equity Coordinator Heidi Lee, staff liaison to the Human Rights & Relation Commission, at 952-826-1622 or Hlee@EdinaMN.gov.