Poloncarz Participates in Holocaust Remembrance

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM EDT

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Poloncarz Participates in Holocaust Remembrance

April 19, 2012 Updated Apr 19, 2012 at 2:06 PM EDT

(WKBW release) Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Thursday by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, members of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo, and leaders of the Jewish community in a candle lighting ceremony commemorating Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. 

According to a news release:

The County Executive and Mayor also issued a joint proclamation declaring April 15-22, 2012 as the days of remembrance of the Victims of the Nazi Holocaust in Buffalo and Erie County. 

“While I am not Jewish, I have a relative who died at the concentration camp at Auschwitz,” said Poloncarz. “We are here today to remember the millions of victims of the Nazi Holocaust, to make sure that each new generation never forgets, and to reaffirm that we must be on guard so that this never happens again.”

The ceremony included the lighting of 6 candles, each one representing a million Jews who were murdered.  Joining Poloncarz and Brown in lighting candles were Holly Levy, President of the Jewish Federation of Greater Buffalo; Rabbi Gary Pokras, Temple Beth Zion; Deborah DiMatteo, Vice President of M&T Bank; and Dan Kester, lighting a candle in memory of his father.  The lighting of each candle was accompanied by a short commemorative reading.