Holocaust Remembrance Service

March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM EDT

By Lou Chilelli

...
March 2, 2011 Updated Mar 2, 2011 at 11:36 AM EDT

City of North Tonawanda, N.Y. (WKBW-TV) -- It was an evening dedicated to the memory of the millions killed during the holocaust. It was a time to mourn...but it was also a time to learn. A woman named Sophia, she doesn't publicize her last name, takes the podium at the Lighthouse Baptist Church in North Tonawanda. Sophia is a Holocaust survivor. She's a regular speaker for the Buffalo Holocaust Resource Center and she's here to participate in the church's annual Holocaust Remembrance Service.

"Now all together they killed 11 million people and they killed them in a rather short time," Sophia recalls. Sophia's message is one of taking action and getting involved when you see someone being wronged. "So, I don't want you to be bystanders. It happens very easily when children are young. You just keep enabling bias. You make fun of people who are disabled. And when I talk to young children, I always say...say something," Sophia added.

The service included music and the lighting of candles, in memory of the millions of Jews and non Jews killed by the Nazis during the time period from 1937 to 1945. David Somlinski is a pastor at the church, "We have to learn how to...first of all...accept people for who they are. And, accept folks for their differences as well.'

"Something that I wanted my girls to hear. Something that they needed to learn about and they needed to understand that it really did happen. Something that they can learn from and stand out against," said Gale Armstrong. He brought her whole family to the service.