Join the community for the 53rd Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration
featuring PO Box 1142
PO Box 1142 was the address of a top-secret military interrogation center located outside Washington, DC during World War II. Its mission was to gather intelligence from high-level enemy POWs. Most of the interrogators and monitors at the base were young Jewish refugees who had fled the Nazis. Drafted into military service, these men were charged with gaining valuable and actionable intelligence that was used to help defeat the Nazis.
We will be joined by Austrian Jewish refugee and PO Box 1142 veteran George Weidinger, Cynthia Michel, daughter of a PO Box 1142 veteran and executive producer of the upcoming documentary PO Box 1142: Top Secret and Michele Kudro Tedesco, writer, director and producer of the film.
The program will also feature the winning essay from the Holocaust essay contest, music from Memphis Jewish Teens and Cantors of the local synagogues, the traditional candle-lighting ceremony and recitation of the Kaddish.
This annual commemoration program is sponsored by Memphis Jewish Federation and co-sponsored with the Memphis Jewish Community Center. Supporting the program are Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth Congregation, Baron Hirsch Congregation, Beth Sholom Synagogue, Chabad-Lubavitch of Tennessee, Facing History and Ourselves, Or Chadash-New Conservative Synagogue, Temple Israel, and Young Israel of Memphis.