Survivor’s personal stories highlight Holocaust commemoration, April 11&12

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Holocaust survivor Manny Klepper, from Lafayette, will tell his family’s stories on Monday, April 11, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, in downtown, Alexandria.  When Manny was almost 7, the Nazis ransacked his family’s home in Germany, on November 9, 1938, the night known as Kristalnacht. With help from neighbors including Nuns from a convent around the corner, plus the Jewish underground and family in Berlin and in Chicago, Manny and his immediate family survived and escaped to Moscow in 1940.

On Monday, April 11, we will learn about Manny and other lessons from the Holocaust.  Our annual Interfaith Holocaust Commemoration starts at 6:30 P.M., at the Holocaust Memorial, downtown, on Fourth and Elliott, free and open to the public. Then, we walk the few blocks for our program, at Emmanuel Baptist on Jackson, starting about 7 p.m. We will hear music from Church and Temple choirs, join in prayers, and hear about tragedies and heroic resistance, including newly discovered stories about resistance paratrooper and poet Hannah Senesh.

We will also hear from three Rapides Parish students who won the recent poster/essay contest on Holocaust history. And, a reception will follow.

For those who can’t attend on Monday, Manny will again share his stories at Louisiana College on Tuesday, April 12, at 11 A.M., in the Guinn Auditorium.

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