Holocaust survivor mourns his family on Holocaust Remembrance Day
Sun, 27 Apr 2014 22:18:27 GMT —
Holocaust survivors, congregants and members of the community lit candles Sunday at Temple Emanu-El in Myrtle Beach for Holocaust Memorial Day.
Hundreds gathered to remember the six million Jews who died in World War 2.
"I'm still here and I'm 82 so us who were children are now the survivors that can still testify," explained Hugo Sehiller, a Holocaust survivor.
Sehiller was born in Germany. As a child, he was taken in and saved from the Nazis by non-Jews.
The rest of his family was killed in Auschwitz, a concentration camp that killed more than a million Jews.
"The whole Gurris camp was emptied out into Auschwitz and they all got killed including my parents, my uncles, aunts, cousins, everybody," Sehiler explained.
On Sunday, he and other members of Temple Emanu-El light six candles for the six million killed.
As Sehiller light one of the candles, he remembered his family.
With more and more Holocaust survivors dying every year, he knows it's important to talk about his experience so future generations don't repeat history and so that future generations never forget. "My parents were transported on number 17 from France to Auschwitz and since I've been an adult I've been one way or another telling the world yeah, it happened."
Holocaust Remembrance Day lasts until Monday evening. It was started more than sixty years ago by the Prime Minister and President of Israel.