Central Illinois families honor Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day

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PEORIA, Ill. — Families in central Illinois had the opportunity to honor victims of the Holocaust Tuesday afternoon.

At the Peoria Riverfront Museum, members of the community participated in Yom HaShoah, a day of remembrance of the Holocaust. They publically read off names of victims to help defy dangerous trends of indifference and ignorance.

“We need to live in a world where racism, and intolerance and bigotry is not accepted,” Jewish Federation of Peoria’s executive director Susan Katz said. “That we need to embrace people who are different than ourselves and learn about them.. And work together to make the world a better place.”

Steen Metz, a child survivor from one of the concentration camps, will be speaking at 7 p.m. at the museum Tuesday night. The Denmark native was eight-years-old when his family was deported. 

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