Trinity Honors Victims of the Holocaust Through its First Reading of the Names

Members of Community Read Names of Holocaust Victims for 10 Hours on Wednesday, May 4

​Hartford, Connecticut, May 2, 2016 –

What: On Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Hebrew as Yom HaShoah, Trinity College Hillel and the Trinity College Office of Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (S.A.I.L.) will host a Reading of the Names event as part of the nationwide effort to honor the victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution. The names will be read to both commemorate this tragic history and to reflect on the lessons it holds for our lives today. The entire community is invited to light a candle in memory of the victims. Students, staff members, and Trinity College President Joanne Berger-Sweeney have signed up to read names during the course of the 10-hour event. To sign up for a 15-minute reading time, click here. Walk-in readers are welcome.

When: Wednesday, May 4, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Where: Mather Hall Lobby, Trinity College, 300 Summit St., Hartford, CT 06106. For directions and a map of the Trinity College campus, please click here.


Background: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum states, “The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Jews were the primary victims—six million were murdered; Roma and Sinti (Gypsies), people with mental and physical disabilities, and Poles were also targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons. Millions more, including homosexuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Soviet prisoners of war, and political dissidents, also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.”