Peter Petschauer and Zohara Boyd.

State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration

The 2020 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration will be held Sunday, April 19, 3-5pm, at Daniels Magnet Middle School, 2816 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh. The Featured Speakers are Dr. Zohara Boyd and Dr. Peter Petschauer. They were both young children in Europe during World War II, but their experiences were worlds apart. Today, their cooperation and friendship serve as an inspiring example for education, understanding, and healing.

  • ZOHARA BOYD grew up in Poland under Nazi occupation. By obtaining the baptismal certificates and other documents of a Polish Catholic family, her Jewish parents were able to walk on the Aryan side outside the ghetto and survive the Holocaust. Ultimately, they were able to hide in plain sight.
  • PETER PETSCHAUER lived on the other side. As a child in Germany, he was raised under the rules of Germany at the time, and his father became a German officer in the war. Not until later in life did Peter come to understand and deal with his family’s past.

Drs. Boyd and Petschauer met as academic colleagues at Appalachian State University and are emeriti faculty of the Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies at ASU. They have presented to many audiences across the state.

The Annual Commemorations feature

  • A Holocaust survivor or scholar as the guest speaker
  • Presentations by state officials, clergy, and others
  • A candle-lighting ceremony.

View the 2019 Holocaust Commemoration program.

View news features on the 2016 commemoration and the 2015 commemoration.

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah in Hebrew) is a day set aside for remembering the victims of the Holocaust and for reminding Americans of what can happen to civilized people when bigotry, hatred, and indifference reign. The United States Holocaust Memorial Council was created by Congress in 1980 to lead the nation in civic commemorations and to encourage appropriate Remembrance observances throughout the country.