25th Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program
Thursday, January 25, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Indiana Statehouse - North Atrium
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council will be hosting the 25th Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 PM at the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium.
This year’s program is centered around the theme of “L’Dor V’Dor,” which translates to mean “generation to generation”. The program will highlight the importance of passing down stories and history between generations.
There will be remarks given from state leaders and members of the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council. There will be awards given to community leaders and organizations who have shown a commitment to sharing teachings of the Holocaust in order to inspire others to stand up against hate and bigotry. Awards will also be given to students who have participated in the Hoosier Student Creative Expressions Contest in which students created pieces of art, writing, or music in response to a prompt about the Holocaust. The program will end with a commemorative candle lighting ceremony, musical arrangements, and prayer.
Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Dr. Alex Kor is the son of two Holocaust survivors (Michael and Eva Mozes Kor). He has a B.S. in Chemistry from Butler University and a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University. He received his D.P.M. (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine in Chicago. Dr. Kor is a full-time podiatrist for Hendricks Regional Health in Danville, Indiana, and is a Clinical Assistant Professor for Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Knowing the importance of being the son of two Holocaust survivors who have both passed away in the last four plus years, Alex feels an obligation to tell their stories. Since 1985, he has traveled to Auschwitz more than twenty times with his late mother. He is a member of the CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center Board of Directors and assisted in establishing an exhibit (Eva Kor from Auschwitz to Indiana) to honor his mother in downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana Historical Society as well as the 53 foot Eva Mural which overlooks the Bicentennial Unity Plaza adjacent to Gainbridge Fieldhouse.
Holocaust Remembrance Program Awards
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council will be awarding Hoosiers and Indiana Organizations who have shown a commitment to promoting Holocaust Education so that such atrocities will never be repeated.
Nominate a fellow Hoosier or Organization for one of the awards below:
Never Again Ambassador Award
The Never Again Ambassador Award is for an individual or organization that has shown a commitment to Holocaust education and creates meaningful spaces for both the memories and lessons of the Holocaust to never be forgotten so that such atrocities never again happen.
Hoosier Upstander Award
The Hoosier Upstander Award is presented to an individual or organization that has shown a commitment to using the lessons of the Holocaust to inspire Hoosiers to stand up in the fight against hate and bigotry by actively promoting respect and understanding.
Nominations must be submitted by November 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM.Submit a nomination
Holocaust Remembrance Program Hoosier Student Creative Expressions Contest
The Indiana Civil Rights Commission in partnership with the Jewish Community Relations Council of Indianapolis and CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center are hosting the Annual Holocaust Remembrance Hoosier Student Creative Expressions Contest.
Middle and high school students from across the state of Indiana are invited to submit an original piece of art, creative writing, or music to be considered for inclusion in the 2023 State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance program, and to be displayed at the Indiana State Museum throughout the month of February.
“L’dor V’dor” translates from Hebrew to English as “generation to generation,” but it is also understood to mean the transmission of the culture’s values, rituals, traditions, and history to the next generation.
When we remember the Holocaust, we share stories and reflections on the impact of the history and call upon one another to ensure the atrocities never happen again. In order for us to ensure history does not repeat itself, we must all share the responsibility of seeking out the stories of those who came before us and promising to pass them to future generations.
Students are asked to consider the concept of L’Dor V’Dor and create a piece of art, creative writing, or music that explores the theme of the importance of passing down stories and history from generation to generation. In addition to the creative expression, students should include a brief description of their submission explaining how it relates to the theme.
Students creating a piece of artwork should be made aware that certain images associated with the Holocaust, such as Nazi symbols, barbed wire, and images from the death camps, carry potent and brutal racist connotations. Students are advised to use such imagery judiciously and thoughtfully, if at all, in their compositions.
For creative expressions to be considered, all the following must be adhered to:
- Only one entry per individual.
- All entries must be accompanied by a brief description (100-300 words) of their submission and how it relates to the theme.
- All creative expressions must be original. Any plagiarism will immediately disqualify the student from the competition. Research materials and sources should be cited.
- All entries must be submitted electronically, and the online form (below) must be completed in full.
- All entries should be titled and include the student’s name.
- 2-D artwork must be no larger than 20"x 24". 3-D artwork must be no larger than 18” x 18” x 18”. Photos of the original artwork can be uploaded on the submission form if scanning the artwork is not possible.
All entries will be judged on composition, form, and content. Entries due by November 15, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Winners will be notified by December 15, 2023.