Dozens gathered to remember the victims of the Holocaust as part of an annual observance.
Yom Hashoah is observed around the world every April. The Jewish Federation of Greater Rockford held a ceremony at Rockford University on Tuesday to honor the memory of the approximately six million Jews who were killed in the Nazi concentration camps of World War II.
The featured speaker was Eva Mozes Kor, a Holocaust survivor, who was just 8-years-old when she and her family were forced into a concentration camp.
She recalled the moment she was loaded into a train car for the trip there.
“The door slid closed, the bar came down, and between each two cattle cars, there was a guard with a machine gun, who clearly told us if you try to escape, I am going to shoot,” Mozes Kor said at the event.
A candle-lighting ceremony was also held to honor the Holocaust victims.