By Ryan Hiller
Aurora, Ill.- In honor of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Aurora University hosted a memorial service Thursday in Lowry Chapel to pay respect to those who lost their life during the tragedy.
The memorial was led by Assistant Professor Jonathan Dean. The intimate service consisted of readings from Jeremiah and Isaiah as well as personal reflections written by individuals such as Dietrich Bonhoeffer who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust firsthand. At the conclusion of the ceremony those who attended were invited to light a candle to honor those that have no graves, for hope and as pledge to make the world a better place.
The U.N. declared Jan. 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2005. The day honors the memory of the European Jews, gypsies, homosexuals and countless others who died at the hands of the extreme Nazi regime. Jan. 27 is the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz by the Soviet troops.