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November 14, 2013

CANDLES to host Nov. 16 candlelight vigil

TERRE HAUTE — CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center on Saturday is hosting a candlelight vigil commemorating the 10-year anniversary of firebombing at the museum. The vigil begins at 7:30 p.m. at the museum, 1532 S. Third St.

Speakers at the event will celebrate the community’s outpouring of support to rebuild and reopen just 18 months after a firebomb destroyed the museum on Nov. 18, 2003.

The symbolic vigil will start with Auschwitz survivor and CANDLES founder Eva Kor lighting the first candle, then passing it from person to person to show our ability to illuminate each other through education. Participants will then encircle the outside of the museum with their candles lit as a symbol of our responsibility to protect and stand up for others who are threatened by fear, hatred and violence.

The program will include Magda Brown, a Holocaust survivor from Skokie, Ill., who will speak about her community’s response to the neo-Nazi march in 1978. Other diverse speakers will discuss the importance of education about respect and diversity, and will provide an opportunity for audience members to share their vision for the community.

According to CANDLES Executive Director Kiel Majewski, the goal of the ceremony is to inspire participants to take action to create a welcoming, diverse and inclusive culture.

The event is free and open to the public.

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