Fort McCoy News April 22, 2016

Holocaust remembrance set for April 28

The Fort McCoy observance of the Holocaust National Days of Remembrance is scheduled for Thursday, April 28, from 11 a.m. to noon at building 905.

The guest speaker is Darryle Clott, a history professor and Holocaust workshop coordinator at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis. She also founded the Midwest Holocaust Education Consortium and is a teacher fellow at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Days of Remembrance poster

For more information about Equal Opportunity observances, call 608-388-6153.

Days of Remembrance facts

U.S. Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation's annual commemoration of the Holocaust. The 2016 Days of Remembrance are May 1-8.

• The word Holocaust comes from Greek origins and means "sacrifice by fire" or "a thing wholly burnt."

• It is estimated that close to 5,000 mentally or physically disabled young patients living in institutionalized settings were murdered by medication overdoses or starvation in the German Euthanasia Program starting in October 1939.

• In 1933, the Jewish population in Europe was about 9.5 million, which represented more 60 percent of the world's Jewish population at the time. By 1945, nearly two of every three European Jews were killed as a result of the Holocaust.

• Known as quite possibly the only person to ever volunteer for imprisonment at a concentration camp, Witold Pilecki willingly spent 2 1/2 years in Auschwitz as a secret agent of a resistance group.

   (Facts provided by the Fort McCoy Equal Opportunity adviser.)