On May 9, the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity partnered with the World Without Genocide program to host a Holocaust Remembrance event. The well-attended event honored the victims and survivors of the Holocaust, and featured local retired businessman and Holocaust survivor, Sam Rafowitz.The event included a viewing of the documentary film “Sam Rafowitz: Remaking a Life,” which detailed his incredible journey from Warsaw, Poland to Saint Paul, Minnesota. After being taken from his family home by Nazis at the age of 15, Sam survived five concentration camps and a death march. Sam searched tirelessly for his sister and was eventually reunited with her after the war. Sam and his wife immigrated to Saint Paul where they raised a family and Sam experienced success as a local businessman.
The remembrance ceremony also featured a discussion with Sam about his life and mission to remember the victims and survivors of the Holocaust. In addition to the Holocaust Remembrance ceremonies, the City of Saint Paul and Connie Coleman, wife of Mayor Chris Coleman, declared May 9, 2014 as Sam Rafowitz day in the City of Saint Paul.
A recording of the event is also available for anyone that may have missed the ceremony.The Jewish Community Relations Council also has additional information regarding Holocaust education in Minnesota and the Dakotas.