A Holocaust Memorial Service will be held by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua on Sunday at 11 a.m. The service will be held at the Fredonia Grange, 58 W. Main St. Leading the service will be members of the congregation's youth group and Janey Wagner.
In the middle of the 20th century, the world experienced the attempted murder of a whole people - the Jews. Six million Jewish men and women, one million children among them, were taken by other human beings to die.
Jews were not the only people to die in the Holocaust. Millions of other faiths and nationalities, including Gypsies, homosexuals, the mentally ill and those who expressed political philosophies that challenged Hitler's leadership were also condemned and murdered.
One of the most important documents from the time of the Holocaust was written by neither scholar nor poet, but by an average young girl, Anne Frank. Frank's diary has now become famous, printed in more than 20 languages and adapted for theater performances around the world. The Unitarian Universalist service will feature the words of the diary of Anne Frank as she reflected on memory, innocence, suffering, wisdom, courage and - ultimately - hope.
Members of the congregation will concentrate on an attic in Amsterdam, where Anne lived with her parents, sister Margot, and a family called Van Daan. On Aug. 4, 1944, there came the terrible knocks at the door, and the Dutch Nazi police took them away.
But there was the diary. The service is adapted from the work of the Rev. Barbara Hoag. It's a service that has been performed, in different ways, throughout the United States. All are invited to attend this service of remembrance.
The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Northern Chautauqua is a liberal religious community devoted to promoting individual spiritual development, working toward peace, liberty and justice in the immediate and global communities, and providing companionship on life's sacred journey. Worship services are held each Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Grange Hall, 58 W. Main St., Fredonia. Call 679-7944 or visit www.uucnc.org for more information.