Holocaust's youngest victims commemorated during Oklahoma production

About 350 people attended the 2013 Holocaust Remembrance Program Sunday at Bethany High School in Bethany, Oklahoma. The program focused on the youth victims of the Holocaust.
by Carla Hinton Published: May 6, 2013
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‘A great experience'

“It was a great experience,” Evans said. “The main reason is just to remember and to know that those were things that really happened.”

Other dramatic reading participants included Aaron Charnay, Chelsey Goldsmith, Haley Karchmer, Hallie Hart, Mitch McFarland and Hannah Youngblood.

Ruth Charnay, who with her husband, Richard, served as artistic directors of the production, said the script was taken from several books written by or about Holocaust survivors, including “Through Our Eyes: Children Witness by the Holocaust” by Itzhak Tatelbaum and “Until We Meet Again: A True Story of Love and Survival of Six Concentration Camps” by Michael Korenblit and Kathleen Janger.

“It was a unique perspective,” Charnay said.

Edie Roodman, the Jewish Federation's executive director, said she enjoyed the presentation and was moved to tears several times. She said she was especially touched when her daughter, Erielle Roodman Reshef, lit a candle in memory of her relatives and Holocaust survivors, Akiva and Aviva Goldstein Reshef.

“That added an extra dimension for me,” Roodman said.

In addition to grandchildren and other relatives of Holocaust survivors, other candle lighters included metro students whose schools have taken special interest in the Holocaust and lessons learned from it. They include: Santa Fe South middle and high school, Del City High School, Bethany High School and Edmond Memorial High School.

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by Carla Hinton
Religion Editor
Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide...
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