Holocaust survivor Suly Chenkin shared her story with students during an online ceremony on Wednesday morning.
It was part of Florida International University’s sixth-annual Holocaust remembrance ceremony to educate the students and the community.
“Remembrance is our way to remember all of the men, women and children who were murdered by the Nazis,” said Rabbi Jaime Aklepi.
“Hate cannot win out” was the message sent by FIU President Mark Rosenberg, Chenkin, and Miami community leaders who honored the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.
“It is my hope the participation in this gathering is a step in the right direction, and it is my hope that while you are here today, we are further galvanizing you to do right by our fellow human beings,” said Rosenberg.
Maite Morales, senior program coordinator of FIU’s CasaCuba, said that hearing Chenkin’s story was one of the most important parts of the ceremony — not only because Chenkin survived, but because her parents taught her love over hate.
Checkin said she kept on a smile, even after experiencing tragedy, and used it to remind people to learn from past mistakes to better our future.
“The work we are doing is essential, not to fight antisemitism but hate of all kinds,” said Jon Warech, director of FIU’s Hillel, a Jewish-based group.