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Author, Howard County groups to honor Holocaust Remembrance Day with virtual presentation

The Howard County Board of Rabbis, Jewish Community Relations Council and Jewish Federation of Howard County have partnered to present the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration at 6 p.m. next Wednesday.

The event, titled, “Keeping the Memory Alive: Local Children and Grandchildren of Survivors Share the Stories of Their Families,” will be held virtually and feature an online pre-event gallery of Holocaust artifacts from community members, Holocaust survivor video testimonials, a local authors’ book gallery, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibit, “State of Deception: The Power of Nazi Propaganda,” and student essay winners from county schools.


Additionally, the event will feature a memorial service that will include a candle lighting and stories told by the children and grandchildren of Holocaust survivors.

Author Morey Kogul, 46, of Columbia, and his daughter, Hannah, along with Temple Isaiah Rabbi Axler will have a conversation about the importance of keeping their family’s memory alive.


Kogul, who wrote “Running Breathless,” a memoir retelling the Holocaust survival story of his father, Van Wolf Kogul, said the memoir fulfilled a promise he made to his father to keep his memory alive. He said it means a lot to him and his daughter to share their family’s story at the event.

“The reason that we do this is to fulfill that promise to my dad, to honor those that were lost and to find a way to live positively and to view connections to our heritage in a positive light,” he said.

Kogul said he hopes the event will bring a sense of community and honor those who perished in and survived the Holocaust.

“We want to be able to dedicate some time for remembrance and come together as a community and not forget,” he said.

Attendees can register for the free event at