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Marcus Jewish center to host Holocaust remembrance
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April 23, 2014 09:54 AM | 3249 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
On Sunday, from 4 to 5 p.m., the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta will invite the entire community to come together and remember the victims of the Holocaust with a special program commemorating Yom HaShoah, or Day of Holocaust Remembrance, at the center’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden.

The program is free of charge, and will take place at the center, 5342 Tilly Mill Road in Dunwoody, rain or shine.

It will feature the lighting of the Six Torches in memory of the six million people, who perished in the Holocaust, a special musical presentation, remarks from Jim Barfield, author of the historical novel, “Boxcars,” which he will discuss, as well as his hope that teens from all backgrounds may adopt his passion for clarity on the Holocaust in such a way that throughout their lives they will hold a solid commitment to never stand for this history to be repeated. His presentation will also include an original musical composition written especially for this occasion. There will also be greetings from the Israel Consulate to the Southeast and the German Consulate General to the Southeast.

Barfield was born in Atlanta to parents who owned and operated Barfield’s Health Center which, among other services, administered rehab services to polio victims. The family home was attached to the center, and due to the public’s unwarranted fears, Barfield and his sister were avoided by other children on strict orders from worried parents.

The cruelty of ostracism had a profound effect on him and from it he developed an early understanding of how ignorance and prejudice feed one another. He would later put his thoughts on this issue into poems and song lyrics. One such song, “The Colored Fountain,” is featured on YouTube.

Barfield graduated from Henry Grady High School in 1964. He attended LaGrange College where he earned a degree in social studies in 1968. After teaching high school for two years in Atlanta, Barfield enrolled in Woodrow Wilson Law School and earned a juris doctorate in 1973.

Information: (678) 812-4161 or visit www.atlantajcc.org

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