MIAMI BEACH, Fla. – American journalist Daniel Pearl, who was killed by terrorists in 2002, will be among the millions remembered during a Holocaust memorial ceremony.
Pearl's name will be added to Miami Beach's Holocaust Memorial Wall Sunday during Yom Hashoah — the annual time of remembrance. It will be the first time a non-Holocaust victim has been remembered there.
Judea Pearl, 70, Daniel Pearl's father, will speak at the ceremony.
"Of course he was not a victim of the Holocaust," he told The Miami Herald. "(But) the same forces that killed my grandparents in Auschwitz, the forces of hatred, are still operating in our world in the 21st century — and Danny is one of the victims."
Norman Braman, chair emeritus of the Holocaust Memorial committee, said organizers felt it was appropriate to place Pearl's name on the wall.
"There wasn't one individual that was in opposition," Braman said. "Daniel really died for basically one reason, and basically the same reason 6 million others did, and that was for the crime of being a Jew."
Yom Hashoah marks the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising in 1943.
Pearl, a Wall Street Journal reporter, was researching a story on Islamic militancy in Karachi, Pakistan when he was abducted in January 2002. The journalist's body, his throat slit, was found months later in a shallow ditch in a compound on the outskirts of Karachi.