Boca Raton, FL
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Florida Armenians Participate in International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at Palm Beach Central High School
WELLINGTON, FL – On Friday, January 25, 2019 the Palm Beach County School District held an International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at Palm Beach Central High School (PBCHS). The event featured a collaborative program of student speakers from the school’s Holocaust Studies Department that highlighted the mass genocides of the 20th century, and called attention to the increase of violent crimes due to bigotry and hatred.
Over 100 students, faculty, and administrators gathered in the auditorium to hear the presentations, including remarks from PBCHS Holocaust Studies Department Chair Ms. Maureen Holtzer, and Zelda Fuksman, a Holocaust survivor who speaks to students across Florida about the Holocaust as part of the state’s inSIGHT Through Education initiative.
Following the presentations, participants traveled outside to the unveiling of a Genocide Memorial Garden, which will be a permanent fixture for students, parents, and teachers to learn about all genocides, man’s inhumanity towards man, and the lessons of intolerance and prejudice.
Norman Frajman, a local Holocaust survivor spoke about his experience, the importance of remembrance, and how we can all learn from the past lest we be doomed to repeat it.
Florida Armenians Editor Taniel Koushakjian offered remarks about the local Armenian American community’s efforts to expand genocide education through the work of the Armenian Genocide Committee (AGC). The AGC has successfully led a unified Armenian American community effort since 2014, working hand-in-hand with government officials, school administrators, educators, and parents in Palm Beach, Broward, and Miami-Dade Counties.
Ms. Holtzer and her students spent weeks preparing the beautiful grounds of the garden. They also worked passionately to deliver a moving presentation and program. The Genocide Memorial Garden features hand-made butterflies that list the names of genocide victims for each instance of genocide, including the Armenian Genocide.
“The garden was created by students from my research class as their legacy to the school,” Ms. Holtzer said. “They felt it was of utmost importance to create something that would be a reminder of the devastating consequences of hatred. They selected the butterfly as their symbol as it represents both beauty and freedom,” said Ms. Holtzer.
To conclude the program participants were all given butterflies which were then set free together to mark the opening of the garden.
“I think it’s wonderful,” stated Richard Baronian of Boynton Beach, FL. The names of Baronian’s family members who perished in the genocide are displayed in the garden. “The genocide remembrance garden at Palm Beach Central High School will teach the students and parents of non-Armenians about our history. Hopefully they will want to find out more so the world never forgets,” Baronian said.
By Editorial Staff
Tuesday, March 13th, is election day for several cities in Palm Beach County. As Armenian American voters head to the polls in Palm Beach County, Florida Armenians is pleased to provide you with a list of our 2018 Municipal Endorsements.
City of Boca Raton:
Seat C: Jeremy Rodgers
Seat D: Armand Grossman
City of Delray Beach:
Mayor: Jim Chard
Seat 1: Adam Frankel
Seat 3: Mitch Katz
City of Highland Beach:
Vice-Mayor: Alysen Africano-Nila
Commission: Peggy Gossett-Seidman
City of Lake Worth:
Mayor: Pam Triolo
District 1: Scott Maxwell
City of West Palm Beach:
District 1: Kelly Shoaf
District 5: Shanon Materio
Election Day is Tuesday, March 13th. Polls are open 7:00AM to 7:00PM. Municipal elections in Florida are Non-Partisan, meaning the candidates cannot, by law, disclose or promote their party affiliation or registration.
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Are you a registered voter in Palm Beach County, but don’t know where to go to vote? Click here to find your precinct in Palm Beach County.
Also, you can now register to vote online in the State of Florida! Click here to register to vote, and you will be eligible to vote in the following election.
The next election is the Primary Election on August 28, 2018. The General Election will be held on November 6, 2018.