This article just popped up on my radar today though the observance of Holocaust Memorial Day was held on May 2, 2011 in Sacramento. Co-hosted by State Assemblywoman Bonnie Lowenthal, D-Long Beach and San Diego-area Assemblyman Marty Block, the event attracted many who survived the Nazi scourge, their liberators and descendants, from what I understand. It is an important event that we missed. I only wish we would have known.  Perhaps, I would have met some people with whom I grew up in Long Beach, CA.

Max and I now live in Reno, NV, only 2 hours from Sacramento. If any of our readers hear of such an event nearby, please let us know.

A few months ago, we went to see an event here in Reno featuring a survivor of the death camps, Ben Lesser. It was so good to see Max and Ben become so close in only minutes. Both of their stories are nothing short of miraculous! It is a special connection that survivors and those who fought for their liberation have. Max proudly wears the pin that Ben gave him which says “zachor” (remembrance) in Hebrew. See Ben’s website at

“We take the time to remember,” said Lowenthal, “because to forget is to risk repeating the past.” Let us celebrate a world with no more discrimination of any kind.
Linda Ciampoli

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