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04/30/03

Coast Leaders Remember Holocaust Victims

Imagine armed soldiers walking into your home right now, separating you from your spouse and children, and then sending you and your family to concentration camps. In the most horrible conditions imaginable you'd be stripped, starved, and eventually killed with poisonous gas. That is what happened to 6-million Jews from 1933 to 1945.

Tuesday night, all races and faiths along the Coast came together to make sure that humanity never forgets the horror of the Holocaust. Dozens of community leaders and B'nai B'brith Synagogue members gathered for Holocaust Memorial Day.

It's a day to remember those innocent people killed by the Nazis. Nationwide they call the ceremony "Unto Every Person There Is A Name". There are thousands of ceremonies just like this one. Together every single victim's name will be read and candles are lit to remember those lost.

Jean Dickerson is an award winning scholar who teaches tolerance and diversity classes so another holocaust never repeats itself.

"If we were all more tolerant and learned to be more tolerant of each other, we would have a better world. I am not Jewish, I am a methodist born and reared, but it is something that I feel is very, very important."

Father Dominic Fullam of the Biloxi Catholic Diocese agrees.

"Unfortunately, I think we will always have evil people among us. But hopefully this will teach tolerance hopefully this will touch hearts and people will remember that we're all one human family."

There were also five million non-Jews killed by the Nazis. Among them were Catholics, Serbs, Poles, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the mentally ill and criminals.

byRebecca Powers

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