Holocaust survivors, their children and grandchildren, community leaders and many teenagers crowded into Faneuil Hall Sunday to commemorate the Holocaust and celebrate its survivors.
“Every year we see less of the survivors. The years pass by and there are less and less bodies that can tell us about that time,” said Shai Bazak, the Israeli consul general to New England.
Rolf Schütte, the German consul general to the region, said he encourages more discussion about the Holocaust and its legacy. German consul generals to New England have been invited to speak at the annual event since 2005.
“The Holocaust is an element that both separates and binds the Germans and Jews like no other two people,” he said. “But the topic of the Holocaust is a topic seldom addressed.”
Mayor Thomas M. Menino, speaking from a podium in front of the stage, said he was heartened to see many teenagers in the audience. He also used the event, his last Holocaust Memorial Day as mayor, to wistfully thank members of the Jewish community he has worked with during his 20 years in office.
“We must always keep the victims of the Holocaust in our thoughts,” Menino said. “We can continue to ensure that their legacy will remain for years to come.”