Nassau Observes Days of Remembrance

Story Number: NNS080512-13Release Date: 5/12/2008 11:50:00 AM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class (SW) Charmin Covington, USS Nassau Public Affairs

USS NASSAU, At Sea (NNS) -- USS Nassau (LHA 4) Sailors observed the annual Days of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust, May 4.

Nassau Jewish Lay Representative, Ensign Rebecca Wolfe offered a prayer and provided background information.

"This is the first one I have seen done, and I was surprised at the good turnout of people," Wolfe said.

Aviation Boatswain's Mate 2nd Class Steve Goldstein was glad to see the observance, which included a showing of the film Schindler's List. He said it reminded him of a relative who survived the camps.

"My uncle had numbers on his arms, the tattoos on the forearms told who they were," Goldstein said. "This lets people know what the Jews went through. I had never been on a ship that observes the days of remembrance. I'm glad this ship does."

It was also the first time Information System Technician 2nd Class Sarah Schnabl had seen a shipboard observance.

"This is the first place I have been with this observance and felt honored, to be part of it," Schnabl said.

Schnabl read a poem along with Aviation Structural Mechanic 2nd Class (AW) Alan Schneider about a little Jewish boy in the holocaust with his hands up who nobody could hear or see.

"I'd never been at a command that observed it," Schneider said. "It was overlooked at all my previous commands, and I have been in for 10 years."

"In Jewish tradition we celebrate the people who have passed. It's a way to remember the people who died in honor of the holocaust," Schnabl said, adding she was pleased with what the command is doing to support cultural diversity

Nassau Commanding Officer Capt. James Boorujy, a supporter of all the command's cultural awareness events, spoke about the importance of remembering the victims of the Holocaust.

"Shipmates, we pause at this time to remember the Holocaust," Boorujy said. "During the Holocaust, approximately 8 million Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany. While we think of this, we must focus on the fact that this is not the only time horrific genocide has taken place. Genocide is, in fact, common in history and happens still today."

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