Poet laureate to keynote Holocaust memorial


Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg will give the keynote address at an April 8 service in Topeka to commemorate victims of the Nazi Holocaust of World War II.

Mirriam-Goldberg will speak on the topic: An Unanswered Letter, An Unanswered Call for Help: What the Holocaust Shows Us About Caring Enough to Take Action.

In their quest for racial purity, German dictator Adolf Hitler and his followers killed 6 million Jewish people in a systematic campaign of terror and prison death camps.

The Nazis also targeted and killed hundreds of thousands of others the regime considered “undesirables,” including Romani people — then known as gypsies — the developmentally and physically disabled, and homosexuals.

Gov. Sam Brownback is also scheduled to present a proclamation at the ceremony, which is set for 1 p.m. April 8 at the Kansas State Historical Museum, 6425 SW 6th Street, Topeka.

The ceremony is free and open to the public.