City of Alexandria Observes Days of Remembrance for Victims of Holocaust

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Ceremony Speaker: Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat
For Immediate Release: April 18, 2016

The City of Alexandria will observe the Days of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah, for the victims of the Holocaust at noon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, in Market Square, 301 King St. This year’s theme is “Justice Justice, Shall You Pursue”. The Alexandria City Council hosts the annual ceremony as part of the weeklong commemoration of the national Days of Remembrance, Sunday, May 1, through Sunday, May 8. This is the 29th consecutive year that the City has held the Days of Remembrance ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Vola Lawson Lobby on the first floor of City Hall, 301 King St. The event is free and open to the public.

The speaker this year is Ambassador Stuart E. Eizenstat, head of the international practice at Covington & Burling, is the U. S. Secretary of State’s Special Advisor on Holocaust Issues. As such, he is responsible for offering policy advice on Holocaust-related matters to Secretary Kerry and other State Department officials.

During the ceremony, Alexandria Mayor Allison Silberberg and City Council members will light a candelabrum that the late Holocaust survivor Charlene Schiff and her husband, Ed, donated to the City. The 54-inch high solid brass candelabrum was given to the City in memory of Charlene Schiff’s parents, sister, and the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the Holocaust.

The Schiff candelabrum, under the care of the City’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, is made available to schools and civic groups studying the Holocaust and to the City’s annual observance of the Days of Remembrance.

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, in accordance with its Congressional mandate (Public Law 96-388, 10/7/80), is leading the nation in the weeklong Days of Remembrance commemoration.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Lawrence at 703.746.5419 (VA Relay 711) or e-mail

For additional information, visit or call the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities at 703.746.4343.

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