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The 2017 State of North Carolina Holocaust Commemoration was held Sunday, March 5, 2017, in Raleigh at Meredith College. The Featured Speaker was Abe Piasek of Raleigh, who survived slave labor and concentration camps in Poland and Germany. Other speakers included Josh Stein, Attorney General of the State of North Carolina, and William Cobey, Chair of the N.C. State Board of Education. Students from Triangle-area schools presented artistic creations as well as choral, dance, instrumental, and dramatic pieces to commemorate the Holocaust and its victims.

The date of the 2018 Commemoration will be announced in the fall.

The Annual Commemorations feature

  • A Holocaust survivor or scholar as the guest speaker
  • Student writing, artistic creations, vocal and dramatic performances, and other Holocaust projects.
  • Presentations by state officials, clergy, and others
  • A candle-lighting ceremony.

View the 2017 Holocaust Commemoration program (pdf, 837kb).

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


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.