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Henderson Holocaust remembrance ceremony takes on new meaning

Posted at 4:04 AM, Apr 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-29 09:12:17-04

HENDERSON (KTNV) — The shooting at the Chabad Synagogue in Poway, California, came just a day before a scheduled Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Henderson.

At the Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Congregation Ner Tamid in Green Valley, those in attendance not only reflected on the Holocaust but this weekend's tragic events outside San Diego.

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Henderson police also had a patrol car stationed outside the event out of an abundance of caution, as synagogue security has been enhanced around Southern Nevada.

Raymonde "Ray" Fiol surived the Holocaust as a young child when the Nazis invaded France.

"My parents were taken to Auschwitz and never came back," she said. Ray was saved by a French worker at a concentration camp.

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"It's something that should never ever happen again in this world," she said of the Holocaust. "I think the young people really need to understand what happened," Ray told Action News.

"It was a crime against humanity," Ray said. Six million Jews--men, women and children--were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Larry Delsen's parents escaped the Holocaust.

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"It was very brutal what they experienced and a very difficult life after the Nazi regime entered Poland. They were constantly on the run," Delsen said.

Their experience shaped his life. Now on the Raiders board of directors, Larry makes sure young people understand historical hate and contemporary crimes like what happened in Poway.

"That they recognize it immediately for what it is and make sure that they do whatever they can to fight against it," he said.

Jewish Nevada, the state's Jewish federation, said its mission in the wake of the tragedy in Poway is "to educate, to commemorate in hopes that it never happens again and that we never forget," said Stefanie Tuzman, CEO and president of Jewish Nevada.