Edina, Minn., May 10, 2022 – The City of Edina’s Human Rights & Relations Commission’s 11th Days of Remembrance will be held online 2 p.m. Sunday, May 22.
This year’s virtual event will feature guest speaker Eva Moreimi, Minneapolis resident and author of Hidden Recipes, A Holocaust Memoir. Moreimi grew up in Czechoslovakia as an only child of two Holocaust survivors, Ica (Elena) and Erno (Ernest) who lived a comfortable life in Czechoslovakia until their lives were shattered in World War II by Nazi cruelty, prejudice and devastation. By sharing stories about their lives when food was abundant before the war, Ica secretly wrote down hundreds of recipes she and her fellow inmates shared. Erno spent several years in various Hungarian forced labor units where he was required to perform strenuous manual labor until he escaped. Hidden Recipes tells the couple’s story of will and determination and their struggles to survive.
“This year, we are fortunate to have Eva Moreimi as our speaker for Days of Remembrance, one of the most impactful events that the Human Rights & Relations Commission puts on each year,” said Michael Epstein, chair of the Commission. “As chair of the commission, I have found it a humbling experience to hear the stories of those who have endured the unimaginable. I am thrilled we have another one of those speakers this year. Our community has recently seen the way that those who do not understand the Holocaust can denigrate it, and we hope that education will be one way for us all to come together as a community.”
Edina hosts Days of Remembrance each year in memory of victims of the Holocaust and to encourage the community on the need for respect for all people. Days of Remembrance was recognized beginning in 2011 following a proclamation adopted by the City Council. In previous years, Edina has acknowledged women in the Holocaust and genocides, the 20th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, the crises in the Congo in which six million people have perished since 1996, the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide and the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII and the liberation of Auschwitz.
Comcast subscribers can watch the Days of Remembrance program live and in rebroadcasts on Edina TV, Channels 813 and 16. Others can watch live on the City’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/EdinaMN, or website, EdinaMN.gov/LiveMeetings. To ask a question during the live question-and-answer session near the end of the program, send an email to Race & Equity Manager Heidi Lee, staff liaison to the Human Rights & Relation Commission, at HLee@EdinaMN.gov.
For more information about the City of Edina’s Days of Remembrance program, visit EdinaMN.gov or contact Lee, 952-826-1622 or Hlee@EdinaMN.gov.