Remembering acts of hatred they agree must never be repeated, Utah's ecclesiastical and political leaders say they want state residents to learn from Nazi Germany's efforts to eliminate Jews during World War II.
At a memorial service in the state Capitol Rotunda on Tuesday, about 50 people, including Gov. Norm Bangerter and Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis, watched solemnly as Isaac Rose, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp, walked silently to the podium and lit a candle."Never allow tyranny to flourish in this country," Bangerter told the crowd, noting he believes all Utahns should be allowed to prosper regardless of color or religion.
The memorial service was one of several events planned this week in observance of the Holocaust - in which 6 million Jews were systematically murdered under the direction of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler.
Rabbi Frederick Wenger of the congregation Kol Ami said the Holocaust came after centuries of hatred and bigotry toward Jews. He said all people have the potential to hate and persecute others.
Wenger said the memory of the Holocaust is meaningful only if people learn from it.
"Our enemies as well as our friends are children of God," he said.
Elder J. Thomas Fyans, a member of the First Quorum of Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, said all people who believe in a superior race are "absolutely wrong."