Local Survivor Receives Recognition Award in Summerville

On June 25th, the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community, the Jewish Community Center Without Walls and the Community Resource Center presented a very special program on the Holocaust with speaker Diny K. Adkins. Held at the Saul Alexander Masonic Lodge the audience listened for over an hour as Diny Adkins described the horrors she and her family faced during the Holocaust. She was hidden by nuns and told her parents were dead. Adkins lost 85 relatives during WWII. After the liberation, her parents who were also hiding, came to claim her. Diny then came to the United States and has spent much of her life telling her story to all but most especially the youth who she educates about the ups and downs of life, about tolerance, about bullying, suicide, love, and peace. Proceeds from sales of her book "Can Forgive, But Cannot Forget" are donated to Homeless and Wounded Veterans and the Holocaust Museum in DC. As local guitarist, Ulyana Machneva, played, the diverse and inclusive group introduced themselves and asked Diny Adkins questions.  

Prior to Ms. Adkins' presentation, she was presented with the Jewish Hero Award 2017. Ms. Adkins is the first recipient of this award, presented by the Summerville/ North Area Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Center Without Walls. Patrick C. Labbe, Founder  of the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community and Daniel Stern, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Center Without Walls, presented the plaque which read: 


Jewish Hero Award 2017

Diny K. Adkins

In Recognition of Service for Holocaust Awareness

presented by the 

Summerville North Area Jewish Community and the Jewish Community Center Without Walls

The event was sponsored by the Summerville/North Area Jewish Community, the Jewish Community Without Walls and the (Summerville) Community Resource Center. The event attracted about 50 people including former State Senator Mike Rose; Louis Smith, founder of the Community Resource Center and people from Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner and West Ashley. 

The group will be sponsoring an Interfaith panel discussion on July 30th featuring speakers from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim Faith Communities. The event will be held at the historic Saul Alexander Masonic Hall on Main St. In Summerville.  

To hear Diny Adkins' story, go to https://collections.ushmm.org/search/catalog/irn505530

For information about ongoing Summerville CommUNITY activities, go to http://summervillejewishcommunity.org.


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