LA JOLLA, Calif. (KGTV) -- Local Holocaust survivors recounted the horrors they experienced from white supremacy to encourage unity during the Stand Up Against Hate forum at the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla Monday night.
Hundreds packed inside the center’s theater, to hear Rabbis and Holocaust survivors talk about the hatred, white supremacists, and neo-Nazis who descended on Charlottesville.
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Fanny Krasner Lebovits, 94, was very disturbed by the white supremacists in Virginia.
“And we now remember the all-consuming evil we were forced to endure,” she said.
Nazis invaded her home country of Latvia in 1941 when she was 19-years-old. They immediately killed her father and all the healthy Jewish men, she said.
The Nazi's sent Krasner Lebovits and the rest of her family to concentration camps. Krasner Lebovits was in four different camps over four years. Only she and her sister survived out of her entire family, she said.
“It’s our mutual obligations of our survivors and national leaders to instill in the current and future generation the understanding of what happens when hatred and injustice are allowed to flourish,” Krasner Lebovits said.
According to the Anti-Defamation League, there are more hate groups in southern California than anywhere else in the nation.