GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Greater Lafayette Holocaust Remembrance Committee leaders are gearing up for their 40th annual conference this month. It'll be held virtually this year due to Covid-19. It's set to kick off on Thursday, Apr. 8.
Guest speaker Shmuel "Sam" Wachs will be sharing his life experience via Zoom from Noon to 1:30 p.m. He is a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Poland with his aunt when he was a young child. He grew up in Argentina before making his way to Israel where he lives now. Wachs' son who works at Purdue connected him with the conference organizers this year.
GLHRC Chair Sarah Powley said being able to now have this global reach because of it being virtual has been a major benefit for the conference amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Last year's conference was the first time they went virtual and she said around 1,000 people tuned in.
The goal of this conference is to remind people of the real tragedy that took place during that time. Powley is hoping people leave feeling more educated. She said reflecting on those days can help combat current-day conflicts.
"We have a really important mission to educate people today and to help people learn how to combat the forces of discrimination and hatred that still exist in many ways, in many places," said Powley.
She's hoping people of all different ethnic and social backgrounds attend the conference.
"This is who we are as a people. We are a diverse group of individuals and we need to learn about each other, understand one another, support one another, and work hard to make this the best possible world we can," said Powley.
This conference is free for the public. It'll also include an educator workshop so teachers can learn how to incorporate Holocaust education in their classroom. You can register for the conference here. Educators can register for the workshop here.