A ceremony commemorating Holocaust victims will take place Wednesday and Thursday (April 11-12) in front of the Mountainlair on West Virginia Universitys Downtown Campus.

The annual Yom Hashoah memorial program, organized by WVU Hillel, will begin at noon Wednesday and continue for 24 hours. The public is invited to join WVU , Tree of Life Congregation and the Morgantown community in a reading of names of those who died. The Holocaust, carried out by the Nazis during World War II, claimed an estimated 12 million victims, including 6 million Jews. Not all of the victimsnames are known, and participants in the local reading will recite names from a partial list provided by Yad Vashem, the Holocaust Martyrsand HeroesRemembrance Authority.

The WVU observance is part ofUnto Every Person There is a Name,an international project to remember all those who perished and to continue collecting names of the unidentified victims, WVU Hillel Co-director Deva Solomon said.

�€~Unto Every Person There is a Nameis important because it reminds everyone who sees it of the atrocities human beings are capable of and consequentially of the need to be vigilant to make sure that something so horrific never happens again,he said.

Those interested in participating in the ceremony should e-mail dascher@mix.wvu.edu or call 304-685-5195 to schedule a reading time.

WVU Hillel on the Net:http://www.wvu.edu/~wvuhillel/