They began lining up outside the Hall of Remembrance this morning at 11 a.m., each one receiving a number of white carnations before entering. Men and women, teens and seniors, stood patiently in line, waiting to recite aloud the names Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. Some remembered parents and siblings, some friends and neighbors, others fellow Jews they had never met. Some spoke out in bold strong voices and alone others quietly and surrounded and embranced by family members, each remembered aloud, refusing to let their names be forgotten.
Engraved on the floor of the Hall of Remembrance are the names of 22 of the most infamous of the extermination and concentration camps, and murder sites. Today they were strewn with white carnations in memory of those who died by the hand of the Nazis and their collaborators.