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Students Take Part In Statewide Holocaust Observance

Last updated on Thursday, May 5, 2011

(STATEHOUSE) - Hundreds of Indiana students took part in the 13th Annual Statewide Holocaust Observance and Youth Summit at the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday.

The event commemorates the victims of the holocaust.

The holocaust refers to the period from January 1933 when Adolf Hitler rose to power as chancellor of Germany, to May 8th, 1945 the end of the war in Europe.

More than six million Jews were persecuted and/or murdered by Hitler's Nazi regime and collaborators.

Organizers say the summit exists to teach young people about government, history and human tragedy.

Many of the students in attendance already knew about the holocaust, but say the event gave them a heightened sense of learning.

The event is organized each year by the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Indiana Holiday Commission and the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council.

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