It's one of the worst travesties of our time--the Holocaust. An estimated six-million Jews were killed during that time. On Monday, the local community held a remembrance day for the victims.
It's been more than 60-years since the Holocaust took place, but the emotions do not grow old. While the Holocaust is in the history books for some, it's stark reality for many. The names of some of the six million Holocaust victims were read aloud during the ceremony. They remembered the years that took so many Jewish families from the world. Candles were also lit in their honor.
Author and Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Kaufman was the guest speaker. He's written extensively about the effects of the Holocaust. Newscenter 16 also sat down with three local survivors. They say these ceremonies bring them some comfort. "I kinda look forward to it. I guess the guilt that I survived and members of my family did not, my parents included who died at Auschwitz," remembers Dora Goldberg. Goldberg is now 75 years old and escaped from France with we brother and aunt at the age of 9.
"The children in schools were harassed, psychologically, physically, it became intolerable," says 86-year-old Ruth Tulchinsky, who escaped Germany at the age of 16.
“I get very choked up when I read the names of 19-year-olds, 6-year-olds, and 5-years-olds on that list,” says Birgit Metzger. The 77-year-old escaped from Germany at the age of 9.
"I think it's important for Jews and non-Jews to understand how woven together we are as people, with each other and make sure these things don't happen again," says Kaufman.
Local Jewish leaders also talked about the genocides and ethnic cleansings going on in places like Darfur, Rwanda, Cambodia, and Bosnia. They say this is still a real problem in our world today.
The Holocaust survivors say it’s hard to talk about what they’ve been though, but they realize how important it is to share their message and educate people on what happened.