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Rays to honor Holocaust Museum at July 6 game

Holocaust survivors Toni and John Rinde will throw out the first pitch at the game. 
Photo from The Florida Holocaust Museum Holocaust survivors Toni and John Rinde will throw out the first pitch at the game. Photo from The Florida Holocaust Museum The Florida Holocaust Museum celebrating its 25th anniversary, will be recognized on Thursday, July 6 at a Tampa Bay Rays game at Tropicana Field, and two local Holocaust survivors, John and Toni Rinde of Largo, will have the honor or throwing out the first pitch.

The museum has been a staple in downtown St. Petersburg for years, offering historic displays that tell the story of the Holocaust and educating the public about genocides and teaching lessons of courage, hope and respect for others and peace.

The museum will be recognized by the Rays during a “Rays Up Night” ceremony before the game. There will be a check presentation on the field, a video showcase and community corner, then the Rindes will do the first-pitch ceremonies.

The game, against the Boston Red Sox, begins at 7:10 p.m. and tickets for lower level seats are normally priced at $36 will be sold for $25, with $5 from each ticket donated to the museum.

About the survivors

John Rinde was 4 years old when the war began and initially lived under Stalin domination in Lvov, Poland. In 1941 when the war between Russia and Germany started, he was herded into the Lvov ghetto, but escaped and moved to Lublin, in southwest Poland, surviving the war by using an assumed name and masquerading as a Catholic.

Toni Rinde was born to Jewish parents and hidden by a Polish family when she was 16 months old. The family named her Marisha, provided her with false papers, and raised her as a Catholic from 1941-1944. When World War II ended, she was reunited with her parents.

The Rindes met in New York in 1957 and have resided in the Tampa Bay area for many years. They have two children and three grandchildren, one of them a pitcher for Emory University’s softball team.

For additional information or to place a ticket order, call (727) 820-0100 ext. 301. Tickets are limited.

The Florida Holocaust Museum is located at 55 5th St. S., St. Petersburg. It is one of the largest Holocaust museums in the country and one of three nationally accredited Holocaust museums. For additional information, go to or call (727) 820-0100.

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