A memorial sculpture commissioned to mark the site of the burial of ashes from victims of the Dachau concentration camp will be unveiled on Sunday, April 26, in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery.
The sculpture by Carrboro artist Mike Roig was commissioned by the Center for Holocaust, Genocide and Human Rights Education and two local synagogues: Beth El of Durham and Kehillah of Chapel Hill.
The ashes were given to a U.S.Army soldier at the time of the camp’s liberation. They were hidden away in a drawer for nearly 70 years and came to light in 2013 when the son of the soldier wanted to find a dignified burial for the remains.
In an emotional service in May of 2014, attended by Holocaust survivors, World War II refugees, veterans and liberators and hundreds of people from local communities, the ashes were interred in the Durham Hebrew Cemetery.
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The Durham sculptor’s striking memorial is in the shape of a kinetic, eternal flame in which visitors can see their reflections. The base of the sculpture is in the shape of a bridge, arching over and protecting the burial site. On one leg of the bridge the Hebrew and English words for “Remember” (Zachor) will be inscribed. On the other leg will be a quote from Leviticus: “Do Not Stand Idly By.”
This inscription was chosen so visitors will not only reflect on the horrors of the Holocaust but also learn from the past and act to prevent such atrocities from happening again. A historical marker will hang beside the sculpture. The marker will explain the remarkable journey of the ashes, from Dachau to Durham. Nowhere else in the United States are ashes from WWII concentration camps buried, according to the center.
The Durham Hebrew Cemetery is located across the street from 840 Kent St. The public is invited to the unveiling that will take place at 3 p.m., rain or shine. The date was chosen to take place during Holocaust Remembrance Month and within a year after burial, according to Jewish tradition.
Kehillah Synagogue, 1200 Mason Farm Road, will screen “Farewell, Herr Schwartz,” a part of its Third Annual Israeli Documentary Film Series at 7 o’clock tonight.
A meeting that was mysteriously missed in 1945 divides a family into two. Michia Schwartz survives the death camps and travels to a Jewish state that is about to be founded in the Middle East, while her brother, Fei’vke who is considered dead, changes his name to Peter and stays to live in the last place his sister would think of.
Neither of them knew of the existence of the other for more than 50 years. That is the cinematic journey.
Suggested donation at the door is $6 per person.
Lecturer and author Francis Bennett, returns to Chapel Hill on Friday for an evening discussion titled “Fully Human, Fully Divine: Jesus as a Model for Non-dual Awakening,” at Unity Center of Peace, 8800 Seawell School Road.
In a forthcoming book, he delves into the common search for the Divine with the exploration of Jesus’ teachings as an example of the use of self-inquiry and non-dual principles as a pathway to direct experience of the inner Divine nature.
“It seems all of us human beings are looking and longing for meaning,” he has said. “We are looking for love and happiness. We are looking for God, for the divine. We feel quite deeply on some intuitive level that there must be more to life than just the ordinary and conventional human side of things.”
What is that “more” and how can people find it is the focus of Bennett’s spiritual quest.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. event are $20 and are now on sale by calling 919-968-1854 or at www.unitychapelhill.org.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Hillsborough will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Sunday. The church is located at 1710 Old N.C. 10 in Hillsborough.
Worship will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a reception with historical artifacts, photographs and memorabilia on display.
Guest minister the Rev. John Saxon, now lead minister of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, was a founding and charter member of the Hillsborough congregation. The title of his sermon is “Who’d Have Thunk It?”in which he will reflect on the progress of the fellowship that began with 36 charter members and now has its own building, a full-time minister, the Rev. Patty Hanneman, and a large congregation.
Visitors are welcome to join in the celebratory service and festivities to follow.
Terrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church will celebrate the first anniversary of the pastor, the Rev. Claude Dunston, at 11 a.m. Sunday.
The Rev. Mark Royster, associate pastor of First Baptist of Chapel Hill, will deliver the sermon.
The public is invited to attend and share in the service. The church is located at 3419 Old Greensboro Road.
‘Praise and Pizza’
Advent Lutheran Church, 230 Erwin Road, will host “Saturday Night Praise and Pizza” from 5:15 to 7 p.m. Saturday.
The theme is “Celebrating the One Who died in Our Place!” It will begin with a Praise Service that includes music, prayer and the video “In My Seat: A Pilot’s Story from Sept. 10-11, 2011.”
Fellowship time and a pizza dinner will end the evening.
This is a free event and everyone is welcome.
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