Holocaust. For most of us this haunting word conjures up ghastly and painful images of concentration camp inmates, train cars filled with passengers bound for extermination, and tales of torture that defy comprehension. The Holocaust gave new meaning to man’s capacity for cruelty. And yet, somehow, the Holocaust has also managed to teach us so much about the possibility of stunning courage, resilience, and hope in the face of true horror. And that’s what we hear from Rabbi Wayne Franklin.
Rabbi Wayne Franklin has been the Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Providence since 1981. Since 1984 he has chaired the committee which organizes the Rhode Island Interfaith Commemoration of Holocaust and Heroes Remembrance Day. This year the event will be held on April 27th at 3:00 p.m. at Temple Emanu-El. Jewish and Christian choirs, along with the Sophia Academy chorus and the Gay Men's Chorus of Rhode Island, will participate in the program, joining together to demonstrate the freedom and multi-cultural cooperation that we celebrate here in America, but which was forbidden in Nazi Germany.