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Hundreds gather to remember Holocaust victims

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Roger Armbruster of Canada Awakening Ministries, reads names of Holocaust victims at the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Roger Armbruster of Canada Awakening Ministries, reads names of Holocaust victims at the Manitoba Legislative Building Monday, as part of Holocaust Memorial Day. Photo Store

Thousands of people killed in the Holocaust have associations to Winnipeggers.

More than 50 people read the names of some of those victims Monday at a Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature Building.

Jeff Lieberman, program chair of the event, lost seven uncles, one aunt and his mom to the Holocaust during the Second World War. His dad was the only Holocaust survivor in his family.

"They missed out on lots of opportunities so it’s our chance to remember them," he said.

"It really is an opportunity for Winnipeggers and those around the world to remember those that were killed so that we always remember their names and those people didn’t die in vain."

Lieberman estimated about 300 people attended the event.

Holocaust Awareness Week runs from April 27 to May 1.

 

 

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