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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Raising awareness and honoring victims of genocide

Last year, Governor Mark Dayton designated April as Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month – a testament to Minnesota’s strong commitment to human rights.  In recognition of this designation, the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity (HREEO) and William Mitchell College of Law’s World Without Genocide nonprofit organization, recently co-sponsored a “Rescuing the Children” event honoring victims of genocide.  
The event marked the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide and remembered victims of genocides in Darfur, Cambodia, Bosnia, the Armenian genocide, and the Holocaust.  Human rights advocate and activist of 25 years, Jack Rendler of UNICEF, shared his unique perspective on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide. The goal of the “Rescuing the Children” event, and similar events that took place throughout April, is to educate about past genocides, remember those affected, raise awareness of ongoing conflicts, and advocate preventing future genocides.  

On Sunday, April 27 7:00 p.m., the Jewish Community Relations Council will host Yom HaShoah Commemoration at Temple of Aaron (616 S. Mississippi Blvd, St. Paul).  The free event is open to the public, and is part of the annual Twin Cities Holocaust Remembrance Day - the event will also feature voices of Twin Cities Holocaust survivors.

On May 9th from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., HREEO will screen the documentary, “Remaking a Life” at City Hall (Room 40A, 15 Kellogg Boulevard West). The 30 minute documentary presents the story of Sam Rafowitz, a local resident and former small business owner, who survived the Holocaust. The film will be followed by a short question and answer session with Mr. Rafowitz.

Check here for more events and information.

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