Seven residents of Gurwin Jewish-Fay J. Lindner Residences, an assisted living community in Commack, NY, participated in what is being called the largest global event ever to commemorate the holocaust, a #WeRemember international social media campaign launched by the World Jewish Congress in observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, Jan. 27.

The Gurwin group, including survivors of the Bergen-Belsen and Auschwitz concentration camps, posed with their “We Remember” signs, some fulfilling promises to family members who perished in the genocide, to “live to tell the story.” 

“My father told me to do everything I could to survive, to get out and tell the world what was happening,” said Sally Birnbaum, an Auschwitz survivor now living at Gurwin.

Others said they were eager to participate in a remembrance project with an international reach.

The observance marked the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Photos were live-streamed on a jumbotron at Auschwitz in Poland.

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