Officials light 6 candles in honor of millions who died in the Holocaust


BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — During Holocaust Memorial Day in Buffalo, leaders throughout Erie County gathered to send a message that a massacre of such a magnitude can never be allowed to happen again.

Officials lit six candles to commemorate Yom Hashoah, each in honor of a million different Jewish believers who were slain at the hands of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi regime. Both Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown signed declarations making the week of May 1 through May 8 the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust in Buffalo and Erie County.

Local leaders were joined by Dr. Sol Messinger, a survivor of the Holocaust, who also sits on the board of the Holocaust Resource Center, among many other specialists and Jewish faithful.

Around the world, the coming days will hold memorial services, poetry readings, lectures and music as the human race remembers the end of the Second World War and the liberation of concentration camps.

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