NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Several events were held around the region to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day, which was to begin at sundown Sunday evening.
New York’s largest commemoration was held at Temple Emanu-El on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
The Annual Gathering of Remembrance was started more than 40 years ago by Holocaust survivors.
The Museum of Jewish Heritage, the Warsaw Ghetto Resistance Organization and the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust Survivors and Their Descendants co-sponsor the annual event.
“The event every year is attended by more than 2,000 people. Holocaust survivors, their families and others who want to join together to commemorate and remember the Holocaust,” David Marwell, Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage told WCBS 880. “It’s very important because not everyone who lost someone in the Holocaust knows the dates that they were murdered.”
The event featured a candle-lighting ceremony that symbolizes passing memories from one generation to the next.
“The event is an extremely powerful and moving event, which the public can follow on the Internet. It’s very important for people to come together at least once a year to mark this occasion and to remember and to mourn and to honor those who survived,” Marwell said.
Marwell said Holocaust survivors spoke at the event. Elected officials were also expected to attend.
“It’s important to have a time to commemorate that loss. And so Holocaust Commemoration Day, or Yom HaShoah as it’s known in Hebrew, is an occasion where we can remember and think about those who perished and honor those who survived,” Marwell told WCBS 880.