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State of Indiana Holocaust Observance

“Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must - at that moment - become the center of the universe.” -Elie Wiesel

2021 Photo Gallery

Indianapolis—The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission, the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council hosted the 23rd Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at the Indiana Statehouse North Atrium. The program honored those who perished in the Holocaust and commemorated the anniversary of Kristallnacht, or "The Night of Broken Glass."

Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb provided a video welcome address. Indiana Civil Rights Commission Executive Director Gregory L. Wilson and Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council Executive Director Lindsey Mintz gave remarks at the event, which also included a keynote address from Laurie Freeman, daughter of Jack Bronicki, who survived by hiding in the Polish pine forests with the Bielski Brothers. The event concluded with a commemorative candle lighting ceremony with representatives from communities who have been victims of atrocities.

Watch the 23rd Annual State of Indiana Holocaust Remembrance Program Here

For information regarding the 2021 Hoosier Student Holocaust Remembrance Artistic Expressions Competition, please visit HERE.

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission was created by statute to commemorate the life and works of Dr. King.  One meaningful method of preserving his legacy is through the commission of acts of service that meet fundamental community needs.  For information on year-round, statewide community service opportunities visit www.in.gov/ofbci/volunteer, http://www.helpindyonline/, or http://www.mlkday.gov/.