Why is Holocaust Memorial Day celebrated? 'Antisemitism is on the rise, hatred is on the rise'

A day to remember the victims of the Holocaust is acknowledged in the community.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 7:52 AM
Updated: Apr 11, 2018 12:27 PM

ROCHESTER, Minnesota - April 12th is Holocaust Memorial Day, but it’s celebration starts at sunset on April 11th.

B’nai Israel Synagogue is hosting a public service for the community to acknowledge the day.

“We remember the six million Jewish victims, particularly because many have no one to remember them if whole families were wiped out, and because for many there is no particular date of the demise on which to remember them,” Rabbi Michelle Werner at B’nai Israel Synagogue said.

The event will include lighting six candles to honor the six million Jewish victims and a Rochester family speaking out about how the Holocaust personally impacted their family.

44 Children who died after escaping to France will Also be honored with a reading of names and song.

Rabbi Werner said it’s especially important to remember this piece of history today.

“Antisemitism is on the rise, hatred is on the rise,” she said. “Nazis were demonstrating in Charlottesville just this past year. These sentiments are unfortunately not ancient history at all.”

Rabbi Werner said if there is one take away people should get from the service, it’s:

“Never again,” She said. “It touches the heart of every jewish person and it touches the heart of every human being. If we don't stand up collectively and care for one another than that's the fate that awaits us.”

The service is open to the public and starts at 7pm at B’nai Israel Synagogue.

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