Rivier University and Temple Beth Abraham sponsor Holocaust Remembrance Day event

The community is invited to a Holocaust Remembrance Day interfaith observance at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 24 at the University in Nashua. Featured speaker Kati Preston, Holocaust survivor, activist and author, will share stories of her persecution and survival.

Preston_HolocaustRemembrancePreston was born in 1939 in Nagyvarad, Romania, at the start of the Second World War, to a Hungarian Catholic mother and a Jewish father. The Nazis exterminated all 28 members of her Jewish family in Auschwitz. A Christian peasant girl saved Preston by hiding her in a hay barn.

She grew up in communist Hungary and Romania, and later immigrated to Israel. After studying in Paris, Preston became a journalist and fashion designer in Israel and worked in the fashion industry in New York, Lisbon, Milan, and London, where she ran her own business.

In her 70s, Preston wrote a book about her life, Holocaust to Healing: Closing the Circle, and she is now working on a book for middle school children. Preston speaks to school and community groups because she believes "it is vitally important to not forget history."

"I not only speak for the dead," says Preston, "but through my life story, I hope to teach tolerance and acceptance. Young people are living in an exceptional time these days. They are more informed, more open, and they are willing to listen, accept and embrace tolerance."

A question-and-answer session and candle-lighting ceremony memorializing Holocaust victims will follow the presentation. Temple Beth Abraham's Zimria Choir will perform with an interfaith choir at the observance, as well.

The event is free and open to the public. It will take place on Monday, April 24, at 7 p.m. in the Dion Center at Rivier University, 16 Clement Street, Nashua. No RSVPs are necessary.

For more information, contact Sheryl Rich-Kern at 603-881-7264, or email her at sherylrichkern@gmail.com.