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SWC welcomes survivors of Shoah and the Oct. 7 massacre in commemoration of International Holocaust Remembrance Day

The event included representatives from 12 countries.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and the Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Source: Screenshot.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center hosted survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and the Oct. 7 massacre in southern Israel at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. Source: Screenshot.

On Friday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) hosted survivors of the Nazi Holocaust and survivors of the Oct. 7 massacre at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles. The event also included representatives from 12 countries including: Germany, Israel, the United States, Ireland, Spain, France, Japan, Bahamas, Belgium, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, Hungary, Korea, Lithuania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, and Austria.

Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Keren emotionally spoke, telling the crowd, “We, Survivors of the Shoah, who never thought we would be confronting again such hate, such indifference, such silence, we are here for you our dear survivors of October 7th.”

Oct. 7 Nova music festival survivor, Danielle Sassi, who was shot in the leg, shared how her father and other family members were murdered, while she survived after sheltering for 7 hours, hiding under dead bodies.

Galia Mizrahi used the occasion to highlight the plight of the women hostages, telling the story of her female cousins and what they endured after they were first held in an apartment in Gaza, then in the tunnels, before their release in November.

Among the Holocaust Survivors in attendance was Bill Friedman, an Auschwitz survivor who was celebrating his 100th birthday. 

At the conclusion of the event, all attendees were led by Holocaust and October 7th survivors to light candles spelling out “BRING THEM HOME” in the Museum’s Memorial Plaza.

To view a video of the event, click here.

For further information contact the Center’s Communications department at pressinquiries@wiesenthal.com, join the Center on Facebook, or follow @simonwiesenthal for news updates sent directly to your Twitter feed. Media can also contact James Lambert, Vice President at Rubenstein Public Relations, at jlambert@rubensteinpr.com or at 1-212-805-3024.

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