More than 75 years later events like the Holocaust force us into reflection. Reflection on lives lost and reflection of warning to signs of genocide today. That is the theme of this years National Days of Remembrance.
In a ceremony at Naval Support Activity Panama City, keynote speaker Hy Wakstein gave a first hand account of the events. Wakstein shared his story of being a 21 year old in World War II.
The young American not only helped liberate a concentration camp in Europe, but also lost 22 family members under the Nazi Regime.
Wakstein says it's important to remember that genocide did not end during the Holocaust and is still happening today.
"It's re-occurring all over the world now," said Wakstein. "There are dictators, maniacal people, that are killing their own citizens.
"What little effort that we can put forth to help prevent that or to see that a tragedy such as the Holocaust never happens again is more than well worth the effort."
National Holocaust Remembrance week is April 7th through the 14th.