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‘Avenue’ memorial marks 20 years

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

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