Charlotte Jews honor millions killed in the ‘Shoah’

Charlotte’s Jewish community gathered at Shalom Park on Sunday to remember the millions of Jews and others murdered by the Nazis in the Holocaust.

Yom Hashoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day – gets its name from “Shoah,” Hebrew for catastrophe or utter destruction.

During the Holocaust, or the Shoah, Nazis killed 6 million Jews as well as millions of others, including Gypsies, Slavs, political and religious dissidents, gays and lesbians, and disabled persons.

On Sunday, there was a memorial service and a Butterfly Project highlighting local Holocaust survivors. UNC Charlotte students shared stories about the Auschwitz death camp.

And renowned Holocaust scholar Menachem Rosensaft spoke and signed copies of his new book, “God, Faith & Identity from the Ashes: Reflections of Children and Grandchildren of Holocaust Survivors.” Tim Funk