The Columbus Jewish Federation is expanding its community Holocaust Remembrance commemorations.

The Columbus Jewish Federation is expanding its community Holocaust Remembrance commemorations.

Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, falls on Sunday, May 1, and throughout the following week, the Jewish community is supporting events including movie screenings, singing, prayer time, discussions, and presentations remembering the trials of the Holocaust.

Columbus Jewish Day School's upper grades observed the day on Thursday, April 28, with a presentation featuring children who lived through the Holocaust.

The program will feature art exhibitions and presentations, including photographs and biographical research focusing on "Hidden Children of the Holocaust," children who survived the Holocaust because their parents placed them in Christian homes, hiding them in plain sight.

Sixth-grader Ezra Body discovered that these children worked hard and "survived through the kindness of others, mainly Christians, but it was not easy."

Artwork created by CJDS students will be on display at the community Yom HaShoah Commemoration on Sunday, May 1, at Congregation Ahavas Sholom in Bexley.

Rabbi Hanoch Teller, of Jerusalem, will lecture at the program on "Children of the Holocaust."

Also on April 28, the Bexley High School Choral Department will present "Holocaust Cantata, Songs from the Camps." The event will feature Casey Cook Festfall on piano and Mark Rudoff on the cello.

On Wednesday, May 4, the 31st annual Governor's Holocaust Commemoration will take place in the Rotunda of the Ohio Statehouse.

Jewish Family Services will present the premiere of the film "Prisoner of Her Past." The film tells the story of Holocaust survivor Sonia Reich and how she relives the events of the Holocaust every day because she has post-traumatic stress disorder.

Present for the screening will be the film's author, producer, and creator, Howard Reich and cognitive psychologist Robert Kraft of Otterbein University.

Concluding the week is the 26th annual city of Columbus Yom Hashoah Observance and Holocaust Remembrance on Friday, May 6.

The event features Holocaust survivor Fran Greenberg, who will tell her story of losing her parents, growing up in hiding, staying at orphanages and finally living with a family who did not want the trouble of a frightened and depressed child in their house.

More details on each of these events can be found on the Columbus Jewish Federation's website,