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On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Indianapolis Says "Never Again"

Annual statehouse ceremony honors Nazis' victims, reminds the living to call out hatred

(INDIANAPOLIS) - Indianapolis has paid tribute to the victims of the Nazi death camps in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony at the statehouse.

The Jewish prayer for the dead preceded the lighting of candles in memory of those killed in the concentration camps, and the reading of a tiny fraction of the six million names. Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Rabbi Scott Fox says the reading of the names is less about remembering the dead than about reminding the living of their duty to call out bigotry when they encounter it. He says that duty is all the more critical with what he says has been a renormalization of hate in the last few years.

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett says genocide in Bosnia, Rwanda, Sudan and Myanmar over the last two decades demonstrates that evil is not extinct. He says the Holocaust is a reminder of how people can lose sight of others' humanity.

Representatives of the disabled, Latinos, African-Americans, Muslims, and gays and lesbians joined members of the Jewish community in the candle-lighting ceremony. 

Carmel will hold its own remembrance ceremony on Friday at the Center for the Performing Arts.

(Photo: Eric Berman/WIBC)

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