CLEVELAND, Ohio — Hundreds of local Holocaust survivors, their families and community members gathered together Sunday in remembrance of the ordeal.
This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the only organized resistance during the Holocaust. It lasted two months, and the German army eventually overcame the Warsaw Ghetto.
A total of at least six million people died during the Holocaust.
At Sunday’s event at Park Synagogue Main in Cleveland, local survivors lit six candles — one for each of the million who died — while their stories were told out loud.
Organizers emphasized the event is not only to remember those involved in the Holocaust, but also how the Jewish population has continued and grown from the ordeal.
“(We’re here) not just remember it, but impress it upon ourselves to think about what actions we can do today,” said Alan Yanowitz, event co-chair. “How we can lead better lives today to prevent atrocities and injustices that may be going on in the world as a whole.”
Nearly 500 people attended the event, which included a “March of the Generations,” where children carried candles to signify that Jewish life after the Holocaust continues.