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International Holocaust Remembrance Day marks 75 years since Auschwitz Liberation

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Rochester, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Seventy-five years ago, Russian soldiers were unaware of what they were about to witness. On Jan. 27, 1945, they liberated more than 7,000 Jews from Germany's largest concentration camp, Auschwitz. It was a significant event in World War II that started to signal the end for the Nazi Regime in Germany, drawing the nation closer to defeat.

"#NeverAgain" was trending Monday to bring about awareness for the importance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and to signal that the survivors nor the events will be forgotten along with stopping it from ever happening again.

Local Rabbi of B'nai Israel Synagogue, Michelle Werner, talked about how we are at the point where soon there will be no one alive for these events saying, "Anyone who was younger than say 10 at the time will have no real memory, and anyone who was older than 10 is starting to leave us if they haven't left us already so this is really the moment when history is going to pass from something we can grasp to something that is going to slip away."

The Synagogue also has pictures, articles and other artifacts from local Rochester native and Holocaust survivor Jerry Valfer and his wife Regina on display.

The Jewish calendar does not specifically mark today as a special day of observance, but instead recognizes Holocaust Memorial Day, or "Yam HaShoah" which will be observed on May 2.

Zach Fuller

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