Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - From 1933 to 1945 more than six million Jews were killed in Europe during the Holocaust. That's 10 percent of the world's Jewish population.
"Here we see what happens when bigotry and racism run wild," said Joshua Narrowe.
Keynote speaker, Rabbi Joshua Narrowe, spoke of the importance of treating all humans equally.
"The idea of human dignity, respect for human dignity and respect of individuals no matter what your skin color is, no matter what your religion is, protecting that is an important value in our country and I think that says a lot about our country," Narrowe said.
Cheyenne residents and Holocaust survivors, Helen Zigmond and Zoltan Gancz lit six candles, one for each million Jews killed during the Holocaust.
Governor Matt Mead signed a proclamation making this week “Holocaust Remembrance Week”. While we can't correct the atrocities of the past, it's important that we learn from them.
"This event is important, not only to remember those who were lost. The survivors. The men and women who helped the survivors who helped World War II. We do it to remember them, but we also do it so that we don't repeat the mistakes of the past," Mead said.
Governor Mead says he will continue to recognize the Jewish people and give a voice to those who had theirs taken away.
"As a Jew it means a lot to me that the Governor and that the state and that this country is willing to remember this disaster in my people's history," Narrowe said.