Binghamton University Honors Holocaust Victims

Published 04/28 2014 04:52PM

Updated 04/28 2014 05:30PM

Binghamton University students have spent the last 20 plus hours honoring the victims of the Holocaust.

Students have been taking shifts reading aloud the names, ages, home countries and death places of people killed by the Nazis in concentration camps during World War II.

Hillel of Binghamton organizes the 25 hour vigil known as Yom HaShoah.

Organizer Andrew Davidivov is a member of a third generation Holocaust survivor group.

"Personally, my grandparents all were in the Holocaust, and I think it's important to commemorate their stories and let people never forget that such an atrocity ever happened only 70 years ago, and it could happen again," said Davidivov.

The Yom HaShoah got underway last night with a memorial that included a performance by Binghamton's Jewish A capella group, and a candle lighting ceremony to honor the 11 million people who died.

Guest speakers included Jonathan Karp, a professor in the Judaic Studies Department, as well as Rabbi Jacob Jungreis, himself a Holocaust survivor.

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