Students walk in silence to remember Holocaust


Members of Alpha Epsilon Pi and B’nai B’rith International stand in silence in remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust Monday in front of Cole Hall.

By Mitchell Spence

Students honored Yom Ha’Shoah and remembered the Holocaust through a silent walk Monday.

The event was organized by the Alpha Epsilon Pi fraternity partnered with Hillel, a Jewish student group, and other volunteers in remembrance of victims of the Holocaust. Participants wore signs that said “Never Forget” and walked in silence with a police escort. They carried fliers they handed out to students during the afternoon walk.

Chad Harris, Alpha Epsilon Pi president and junior business management major, said the silence of the 12 participants was meant to reflect the somber mood of the event.

“Any chance we get to honor the fallen Holocaust victims, we do,” Harris said.

The Remembrance Walk left from Stevenson North heading toward the Holmes Student Center walking along Lucinda, turning south on Normal, turning onto Locust, then walking north on Carroll, ending up in front of Cole Hall by the fountain. Harris said they requested the police escort for safety and to avoid problems.

“We’ve had people shout stuff at us and make rude comments, but nothing physical,” Harris said.

Junior psychology major Andy Robinson, who helped coordinate the event, said this was his first time participating in the event, but participants can keep the event meaningful in the years ahead.

“We claim we should never forget all of these people, we need to be reminded … it’s something we do to keep the memory alive,” Robinson said.

David Rose, senior elementary education major, said he participates in the walk because he is a Jewish male and an event like the Holocaust should never be forgotten.

“It’s not just for Jewish individuals, but for all ethnicities and religions that were persecuted,” Rose said.