56th Annual Yom HaShoah Commemoration 

An audience of almost 600 people attended Memphis Jewish Federation’s 56th Yom HaShoah Community Observance on April 12. The evening’s keynote presentation was led by Roger Brooks, President and CEO of Facing History & Ourselves, and explored the work of Polish Jewish photographer Henryk Ross, who was hired by the Nazis to take propaganda photos of the Lodz Ghetto. Secretly, he captured the human suffereing of the Jews sealed in the ghetto, creating a unique and vital record of the horrors of the Holocaust. 


Before the ceremony, Roger Brooks conducted a lecture, The Changing Landscape of Holocaust Education. It was attended by volunteer leaders, local educators, Facing History & Ourselves staff and board members, and others. 


Entries from the 2018 Holocaust Art & Essay Competition were displayed in the MJCC lobby during the evening, and many contributing students attended the ceremony. 

Holocaust Art and Essay Competition