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Memorial Honors Holocaust Victims

It's been called one of the most horrific events in global history, and on Monday, millions of people throughout the world paused to reflect on the Holocaust and the millions of people who died at the hands of the Nazi Regime.

In South Mississippi dozens of people from all walks of life gathered at Beauvoir United Methodist Church for a memorial honoring the memory of Holocaust victims.

People from all walks of life came to remember. Maxine Rheingold was one of them She lost relatives in the Holocaust and wanted to honor them.

"I actually look forward to this time. It's a time for reflection. It's a time for remembrance," Rheingold said.

Six candles burned for the millions of Jews killed in the Holocaust, each with a name and a story to be remembered.

Elijah Mitchell is an associate pastor at Beauvoir United Methodist Church. His church has opened its doors to the Jewish community since Katrina destroyed their synagogue

"We all have a history to tell, and I think that all culture groups should remember their history and remember those who have gone before us," Mitchell said.

But the Holocaust is an uncomfortable subject for many. In fact, some governments ban schools from teaching students about the horrific event. Iran's president even denies the Holocaust happened.

"It isn't the first time. It won't be the last time. It's a political agenda that makes it even more important to remember what happened because it is a part of history, by keeping the memory of what happened to the victims alive, hopefully, we can avoid that from ever happening again," Richer said.

By Toni Miles

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