Carson City, NV (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- Holocaust survivors and Nevada lawmakers gathered at the Governor's Mansion today, April 4th, 2013, to commemorate Yom Hashoah, the official Holocaust Memorial day.
Nevada is home to some 400 Holocaust survivors.
Nearly 40 of those survivors from across the Silver State and numerous Nevada lawmakers attended the Yom Hashoah ceremony to light seven symbolic candles.
Six candles were lit in remembrance of the six million Jewish victims of Nazism, and the seventh candle was dedicated to the other five million non-Jewish victims.
Elliot Karp, the President of the Jewish Federation of Las Vegas says Yom Hashoah is more than just a day of remembering, "The lessons of the Holocaust are vitally important, hatred and bigotry still exist in our society, in our world and in remembering the victims of the Holocaust we not only remember them but we commit ourselves to combating hatred, bigotry, prejudice and violence."
Henry Kronberg, a 92 year old Holocaust survivor from Las Vegas spoke about the importance of educating future generations about the horrifying history.
Kronberg also shared his own personal story of coming to the United States, “My wife and I lived in Newark, New Jersey and we worked very hard to achieve the American Dream."
Governor Brian Sandoval was presented with two gifts for helping shed light on the history of the Holocaust.