Author to present reading on Holocaust Remembrance Day

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NORWAY – Yom Hashoah, National Holocaust Remembrance Day, is Tuesday, April 25, and the Norway Memorial Library will observe it with a presentation at 3 p.m. by local author Lisa Moore reading from her 2005 biography, “Eli Wiesel: Surviving the Holocaust, Speaking Out Against Genocide.”

It has been more than 60 years since the Holocaust, but there is one day each year for remembrance of the 6 million Jews who died and of those who suffered and fought against genocide.

Moore’s book is one in a series written for high school students, “Holocaust Heroes and Nazi Criminals.” Each book covers a key person – hero or criminal – involved with the Holocaust.

The victims and survivors of the Holocaust, as well as those who perpetrated it, include Wiesel, Anne Frank, Oskar Schindler, Raoul Wallenberg and Adolf Hitler, Adolf Eichmann and Heinrich Himmler.

Moore met Eli Wiesel while she was attending the University of Notre Dame and hopes to present him with a copy of the biography this year.

A ninth-grade class from Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School will take part in a morning program of remembrance at the library. Students of Kristi Boucher and Donna McCarthy have studied the Holocaust. In addition to hearing Moore’s reading, they will preview books written for young adults about the Holocaust and watch a video of Eli Wiesel.

Moore, poet, teacher and freelance writer, lives in Harrison. She has published single poems in journals such as the Portland Review, Potato Eyes, the Sow’s Ear and Without Halos.

She has also published five collections of poetry; one, “There is a Crooked River,” offers poems about the Maine woods for young readers. In 2003, she created the Haiku Project, a combination of writing, performance and visual art.

The reading is open to the public. Call 743-5309 for more information.

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