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St. Paul to host annual Holocaust memorial event Friday

On Friday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., the St. Paul Department of Human Rights and Equal Economic Opportunity, along with the World Without Genocide program at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, will honor Benno Black as part of the Holocaust Day of Remembrance, Yom HaShoah.  

The theme of the 2016 Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony is “Remembering the Children of the Holocaust.” Black was one of those children.

It was called Kindertransport, an effort to rescue Jewish children by sending them from Nazi Germany to Great Britain. Benno Black, who last saw his mother from a train window in the city of Breslau in 1939, will be honored as the city declares Friday, April 29, as Benno Black Day. He will discuss his experience as a Kindertransport survivor.

A documentary of Sir Nicholas Winton, a British humanitarian who organized the rescue of 669 children during the Czech Kindertransport, will be shown. The event will be held at the City Hall/Cour House, Rooms 40 A&B (on the basement level), 13 West Kellogg Blvd.

Deputy Mayor Kristin Beckman will present a proclamation and Ellen Kennedy, Executive Director of World Without Genocide, will lead a question and answer session with Black.

Visit World Without Genocide or contact 651-695-7621 for more information.  

Summer flower show and moth photo exhibit to open Saturday at Como

Fans of flowers and fluttering insects are encouraged to head out to Como Park starting this weekend. The 2016 Summer Flower Show and the Amazing World of Moths photo exhibit open to the public on Saturday, April 30th.

The flower show runs through October 2. The moth photo show runs through June 30.

The flower show will give a nod to the life and times of Prince.

"In a beautiful coincidence only befitting Prince’s world-wide prominence, his life and the significance of his artistic work, the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory’s Summer Flower Show presents a botanical color scheme of purple and lavender, featuring a new Oriental Trumpet hybrid Lily named “Purple Prince,” according to a statement from Como officials.

"The Summer Flower Show displays the greatest array of warm season blooming plants over the longest schedule of the five Sunken Garden Flower Shows."

Purple Prince Oriental Lily compressed 

"The Amazing World of Moths", by Minneapolis artist Bill Johnson will be displayed in Como’s Exhibit Gallery and features more than 40 close-up images highlighting the diverse colors and shapes of moths.

Johnson specializes in plant and insect photography, from full-specimen to ultra-close-up macro photography. His images have appeared in more than 900 national and regional publications, including nature magazines, gardening books, field guides, and most recently a children’s book to entitled Minnesota Bug Hunt.

Como will host a meet and greet with Johnson on Sunday, May 1, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free.

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