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Salvation Army Citadel Hosting Special Guest

The Salvation Army is hosting Dr. Susanna Kokkonen on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 5:30 p.m. in The Salvation Army Citadel Chapel at 38th & Cuming Street in Omaha.



Dr. Kokkonen is the Director of the Christian Friends of Yad Yashem, the Holocaust Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority in Jerusalem, Israel. Yad Yashem, established in 1953 is Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Dr. Kokkonen travels the world regularly spreading the word to Christians about Israel, the Holocaust and anti-Semitism. She believes it’s important for Christians to understand the past in order to shape the future.

“We want to make sure that something like this (Holocaust) doesn’t happen again,” said Dr. Linda Burkle, the Divisional Social Services Director for The Salvation Army. “To ensure that we are not blind to things going on around us, it’s very important we raise awareness.”

Yad Yashem carries their message through four main areas of focus. Commemoration of the six million Jews that perished during the Holocaust, preservation of documents left behind by the Nazi’s so their atrocities will never be forgotten, research of the Holocaust from all aspects and education on a global scale for the world to internalize the lessons of the Holocaust.

"By knowing the past we are better able to know what to do today so this is vital information for church leaders to be able support Israel and to know what happened and why it happened." Dr. Kokkonen said.

Dr. Kokkonen originally from Finland, is fluent in six languages and regularly writes on Jewish and Israeli issues. She received her Ph.D. in Holocaust Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 2004.Prior to working at Yad Yashem, Dr. Kokkonen worked at the European Parliament in Brussels and at the Embassy of Finland in Tel Aviv.

The Salvation Army, an evangelical part of the universal Christian church established in London in 1865, has been supporting those in need in His name without discrimination for more than 130 years in the United States. Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

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