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Holocaust commemoration Sunday features expert on anti-Semitism

An event Sunday to commemorate the Holocaust will examine how anti-Semitism continues to be a devastating force.

Kenneth S. Stern, director of the Bard Center for the Study of Hate at Bard College, will be keynote speaker at the annual Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Temple Beth Zion, 805 Delaware Ave. Stern is an attorney, an award-winning author and expert on hatred and anti-Semitism.

The commemoration begins at 11 a.m.

Six Holocaust survivors each will light a candle to honor the memory of 6 million Jews murdered in the Shoah, the Hebrew term for the Holocaust.

The Holocaust Resource Center, organizer of the event, said in a statement that recent mass shootings at Chabad of Poway in suburban San Diego and at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh were bred by the same hatred that produced the Holocaust.

"As a society, we must confront and condemn this hatred," the statement said. "We recognize that the Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy; it is fundamentally a human tragedy."

[Western New York's survivors of the Holocaust: A 2017 Buffalo News special project]

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