Hundreds Gather in City to Remember the Holocaust
BYLINE: NATASHA JOSEPH
HUNDREDS of members of Cape Town's Jewish community gathered yesterday to commemorate Holocaust remembrance day.
The service, an annual event, was held at the Pinelands Jewish Cemetery.
Ten million people, six million of them Jews, died in Nazi camps in Europe during World War II.
It is estimated that one third of the world's Jewish population was murdered between the start of the war in 1939 and its end in 1945.
Speaking at the event, Owen Futeran, the chairperson of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies' Cape Council, said Jewish people had "a sacred duty" to remember those who died during the Holocaust, and also the many people who risked their lives to protect Jews.
A number of Holocaust survivors attended the service and were called upon to light candles at the base of a stone memorial.
The names of all the concentration camps in which people were put to work - and, ultimately, to death - were etched into the stones.
Some survivors were supported by their grandchildren, sons or daughters.
One survivor stood hand-in-hand with his wife beneath the stone memorial once the flame had been lit.
Menno de Jong, a survivor who spent the last few months of the war hiding from Nazi soldiers in a makeshift shelter beneath a house in Amsterdam, the Netherlands talked about his experiences. …