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Hundreds mark Holocaust Remembrance Day in Miami Beach with solemn ceremony

Holocaust survivor Tibor Hollo, 90, shakes hands with Harry Smith, one of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial founders, on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Holocaust survivor Tibor Hollo, 90, shakes hands with Harry Smith, one of the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial founders, on Sunday, May 1, 2016. FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Somber music. Candles burning. heartfelt speeches.

All were part of Sunday’s Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) ceremony at Miami Beach’s Holocaust Memorial.

Hundreds gathered to remember the six million Jews who perished under the Nazis. The ceremony came ahead of Yom Hashoah, the Israeli name of the commemoration, which begins sundown Wednesday and ends Thursday night.

Guests were encouraged to come early or stay late to tour the memorial — which includes a bronze and stone sculpture of an outstretched hand with people clinging to it and a wall of names and historical photos — by using a new app. The app, available on the memorial’s website, was created as a way for the survivors’ stories to live on.

This year’s program featured Miami real estate developer Tibor Hollo, whose family was captured by the Nazis during World War II. Hollo’s mother died in Auschwitz; he and his father survived.

The program also included a speech by Israeli Defense Force Soldier Izzy Ezagui, who lost an arm in combat.

The app is available at www.holocaustmemorialmiamibeach.org.

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