Rice Temple Baptist Church was the starting point for the central Houston March of Remembrance on Sunday April 19th, 2015, in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camps in Europe.
Here are a few pictures from the day (not capturing the services and testimonies at Rice Temple Baptist Church or at Congregation Emanu El).
Before the opening service there was music outside and the blowing of shofars.
Pastor Clint came prepared for the day with his own (kosher?) yarmulke.
It was an honor to meet Birney T. "Chick" Havey, who was a U.S. Army soldier with the 42nd “Rainbow” Infantry Division. His antitank company liberated the concentration camp at Dachua on April 29, 1945. Dachua, near Munich, was the first camp to be liberated.
This restored 1944 Willy's MB Jeep saw combat in Normandy, France, 1944. (Note the angle iron attached to the front of the Jeep. This was designed to break any piano wire strung across the roads that the Germans used to try to decapitate U.S. soldiers who needed to drive with the windshield folded down during combat.)
Thanks to all those who came out and marched, and especially to those who helped to organize and staff the event! Susana, Cindy, and others have volunteered for the last four Marches.
Moving up Greenbriar.
One young woman (not pictured) asked what the meaning behind the march was. When told about the Remembrance, she walked ahead and said, "Well, I'm Jewish, and I'm joining in!"
The Houston Police Department provided 11 officers for traffic control, but we had lots of traffic volunteers, as well.
The march itself ended with the Yom HaShoah commemoration at Congregation Emanu El.
The synagogue has on display an ancient copy of the book of Esther, chronicling the redemption of Jews in Xerxes' Persia, despite government sanction for their elimination.
Here is news coverage of the event broadcast by KTRK-TV (local ABC affiliate, Channel 13):
After the service at Congregation Emanu El, cards with information about some of those killed in the Holocaust were handed out to bring remembrance to just a few names out of six million killed.
Here is one:
Zelman Hersz Eisenbaum
(Father of Jacob Eisenbaum)
Birth Date: February 9, 1900
Location during the War: Lived with his family at Alexhof 11, Apt. 58 in Lodz Ghetto, Poland.
Occupation, Interests, etc: He was a teacher.
Date and Place of Death: He was deported to Chelmno and then to Auschwitz, Poland in August 1942.