A ceremony at the Civic Center Sunday marked the 20th anniversary of the dedication of Evanston’s Avenue of the Righteous, a walkway lined with trees in the park outside the Civic Center.

The avenue is meant to honor non-Jewish individuals who worked to save Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

The main speaker was the Rev. John Pawlikowski of the Catholic Theological Union.

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Mayor Lorraine Morton recounted some of the history of the memorial, which was patterned after a memorial of the same name that forms the approach to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Israel.

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Speaker Chuck Myers said the actions of the people honored should provide a reminder of how we should behave today.

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Laura Arimond Scheff composed a poem to mark the anniversary.

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Thanks to Steve Bartlebaugh of the Evanston Community Media Center for preparing the video clips for this story.

Related link

Avenue of the Righteous web site

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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