The Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford is holding its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day observance Sunday, 3 p.m. at the U of I College of Medicine, 1601 Parkview Ave.
Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey and Winnebago County Board Chairman Scott Christiansen will read proclamations, and student poetry and art contest winners and excellent teachers of the Holocaust will be honored.
Following will be a candle lighting ceremony and comments from survivor Doris Fogel.
Fogel, then aged four, and her mother left Berlin in 1939. They arrived as “Stateless Refugees” in Shanghai, China where they spent the next eight years in the Hongkew Ghetto living in internment camps among the starving Chinese citizenry, in a city without benefit of running water and modern sanitation facilities.
This year marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Shanghai ghetto.
Refreshments will follow presentations. The event is free and open to the public.