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Kristallnacht Commemoration: Nov. 7

Shannon Taylor Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney


Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond will be honored to welcome Shannon Taylor, Henrico County Commonwealth Attorney, as the guest speaker for the annual Kristallnacht Service to remember the six million Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.

We will gather in-person as well as by internet connection on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

Our cemetery, located in Forest Lawn Cemetery in the eastern section of Henrico County, is a resting place for Jewish people and their spouses and a memorial for those who perished in the Holocaust.

Looking to the future, our resolve is to obliterate hatred, discrimination, and prejudice from the Earth.

How can we best accomplish this? EDUCATE! Educate all people especially our youth to understand, tolerate, and accept the differences between all human beings regardless of their race, religion, nationality, or sexual orientation.

A wonderful example of the positive effect of education is the recent Opinion article published in the Richmond Times Dispatch. The author Abby Crowe, a junior in the Henrico County Public School system, wrote her article after hearing a firsthand account of survival by Holocaust Survivor Alice Ginsburg of New York.

Her message to the students was: “Work for justice to eliminate hate.” The young student was inspired to pen her Opinion article because Ms. Ginsburg cared to educate.

“Never Again” Award

Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial Cemetery’s Board of Directors has established the Esther J. Windmueller “Never Again” Award in memory of Ms. Windmueller (obm) to encourage education of our youth. This annual award is presented to two students who submit an essay describing what we, both individually or collectively, can do to curb antisemitism or discrimination in any form.

The first-place recipient receives $500; the second-place recipient, $300. Visit the Emek Sholom website —

emeksholomcemeteryrichmond.org for details and an application.

This year we are pleased that our family guest speaker will be Dr. Ralph Navon. Dr. Navon’s father, Hermann Navon (ne: Verstandig) (obm) placed the names of his father and three brothers (obm) on the Emek Sholom Holocaust Memorial in 1955.

Fast forward to the year 2021 and almost four thousand miles away, Dr. Navon will tell us the rest of the story.

The Kristallnacht service is open to the public, and the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond will send out a link to the service nearer the date.

Forest Lawn Cemetery is located at 4000 Pilots Lane, Henrico, Virginia 23222.