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MVH Holds Holocaust Remembrance Service April 12

(Dayton, OH) April 6, 2010 – Miami Valley Hospital will hold its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), Monday, April 12 from 9 to 10 a.m. The service will take place in the Interfaith Chapel.

Featured speaker will be Holocaust survivor Felix Weil.  Mr. Weil was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1927.  He lived in Frankfurt with his family until August 1939 when he was rescued from Nazi Germany and placed on a “Kindertransport”, a Jewish children’s rescue mission bound for England. He never saw his family again.

Mr. Weil came to the United States at age eighteen. One year later he was drafted into the United States Army and sent back to Germany for occupation duty. Following his military duty he enrolled in college and graduated from Kent State University in 1950. He has lived in Dayton ever since. Mr. Weil is now retired and lectures widely both in the United States and Germany about the Holocaust.

Miami Valley Hospital holds Holocaust Remembrance Day annually in conjunction with the U.S. Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.
 
“We join people of all faiths to take a stand against hate, bigotry, and apathy, by participating in this special day,” says Lisa Smith, director of diversity for Premier Health Partners. “Mr. Weil’s personal testimony and moving account about the Holocaust challenges us to reflect on our own attitudes and behaviors which have an impact on how we interact with one another,” Smith adds.