Many gathered in Beckley on Sunday, April 28, to remember those lost during the Holocaust. Sunday marked the beginning of the week long remembrance of the Holocaust, where six million Jewish people lost their lives.
Locally, Temple Beth El in Beckley joined in with their 28th annual Holocaust Day Remembrance. Retired Rabbi David Sofian said they hold this event to remember those who perished in the concentration camps.
“The Jewish community believes in total memory,” Sofian said. “Remembering all the joy, remembering all the pain. When you remember the pain, you can experience the joy all the more so.”
Guest speaker Doctor Joseph Golden said every year, they pause to honor two local survivors of the holocaust they also have a new focus every year.
“What people went through, who helped them. Those who were compassionate, those who were courageous and a general overview of those stories,” Golden said.
Sofian said with all the recent events throughout the world, the painful lessons of the holocaust still need to be taught.
“Understanding that love has to overcome hate. Understanding that what joins us together as human beings is more important than what divides us,” Sofian said. “Those lessons we still talk about but haven’t been learned. And so, we have to talk about them every year and bring them to people’s attention again every year.”