The Shenandoah Valley Holocaust Education Week kicked off Thursday night with a speaker who survived the horrifying ordeal. German-born, Holocaust survivor Alex Lebenstein spoke at the Booker T. Washington Community Center in Staunton.
He shared his experiences about surviving the frightening events of the time, and how he eventually came to America. Photographs and newspaper clippings from the time period were also featured.
Lebenstein also explained how he has overcome feelings of hate.
"We're all created in the image of God," says Lebenstein. "We're all one people and we all must realize that. If we don't, then we will self-destruct eventually."
Events honoring Holocaust Education Week will continue until March 13.