LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - The second annual Lake Charles Yom Hashoah program was held at the Lake Charles Civic Center Exhibition Hall on Thursday.
Yom Hashoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed each year, throughout the world, as a day of commemoration for Jews who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out from 1933 - 1945 by the Nazis and their collaborators.
The Lake Charles event includes a Holocaust exhibit, a remembrance program, vigil, music and more.
World War II proved to be the deadliest military conflict in history.
Over 60 million or 2.5 percent of the World's 1939 population were killed or died of war related conditions. Of this total, it is estimated that 5.7 million or 78 percent of the 7.3 million Jews in German occupied Europe died as Holocaust victims.