UPDATE: Jewish Center marks Holocaust Education and Remembrance Week at UK

January 27th marks the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, and is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – January 27th is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 77th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz.

Thursday, Jewish students at the University of Kentucky, through Chabad at the UK Jewish Center, hosted a Holocaust survivor and Jewish leader, Cantor Fishel Goldig, who shared his testimony and performed songs written during Nazi oppression.

“As we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is not just about remembering the past, but the message of ‘never again,’ the message of Jewish continuity and building and protecting Jewish communities. There is no more compelling evidence than the testimony of the survivor,” said Rabbi Shlomo Litvin.

Thursday’s event is part of a week-long remembrance, partnered with the University of Kentucky and community partners, to ensure that Jewish history continues to be told. Rabbit Litvin says that he hopes students are inspired by Goldig’s testimony as they face their own challenges on campus.

“No matter how many times you’ve spoken to a survivor, or met a survivor, to hear someone who’s gone through the ultimate evil and seen how they’ve recovered, how they’ve lived, how they built families, to me, is the strongest possible motivation to be a proud Jew, to be involved in my community, and to commit to not allowing hate to go unanswered. Especially for students, sometimes they have to fight to make that happen,” said Rabbi Litvin.

The event, which began at 7 P.M., was virtual due to the ongoing pandemic and free to the community.


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – From January 24-28, the Chabad at UK Jewish Student Center in partnership with campus and community partners, will host a series of lectures and educational programs open to the entire community as part of Holocaust Education and Remembrance Week at UK.

Programs will begin every night at 7 and will be hosted on zoom due to rising COVID rates. All programs are free, and all are invited to participate.

“This program has grown to be one of central importance to the Jewish Community at UK,” said Shoshi Litvin, Program Director at the Jewish Student Center. “This is an opportunity to learn, and to honor the memory of those we have lost”.

The keynote event on January 27, Holocaust Remembrance Day, will feature Cantor Fishel Goldig, a Holocaust survivor and Jewish leader, who will share his story, and perform songs written in the ghettos under Nazi oppression.

This year’s program is in memory of Fred Gross, a Kentucky survivor and leading educator who passed this year.

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