Events highlighting Holocaust Remembrance Day

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom Hashoah in Hebrew, is the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising. The Day begins the evening of April 7 and ends the evening of April 8. Two programs here in Detroit - a musical liturgy and a play - will commemorate the tragedy.

The first musical liturgy dedicated to Yom Hashoah will be performed April 7. The performance will be at 4 p.m. at Orchestra Hall. The cantana, Daniel Gross' "I Believe - A Shoah Requiem" will be a community-wide interfaith observance. It includes poetry of Holocaust survivors. Archbishop Allen Vigneron and other clergy will attend.

Gross composed the piece in 2009 as a response to the lack of musical liturgy for this date.

Reserved seating for the general public is sold out. Call 248-851-5100 to be wait-listed.

April 8, high school students will join with Holocaust survivors in Witness Theater: We Are Here: The Journey from Harmony to Horror to Hope. It will be at the Berman Center for the Performing Arts in West Bloomfield at 6:30 p.m. Students and survivors participated in workshops to dramatize the survivors' stories so they won't be forgotten.

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