More than 100 people gathered at Burbank City Hall Tuesday to commemorate the Armenian genocide and the Holocaust, which together claimed the lives of 7.5 million people.
Descendants of Holocaust victims and survivors lit seven candles at the City Council meeting to commemorate their families and the six million massacred.
Nina Guttman and David Drexler lit a candle for their mother, Rena Drexler, who survived four years in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. Steve Harman lit a candle for Holocaust survivor Irving Belfer, who escaped from a death march.
Moments later, dozens of Armenians flooded the steps outside City Hall clutching candles to commemorate the 1.5 million Armenians massacred in the genocide that started in 1915.
“With our efforts, we will let the world know that their absence is felt,” said Mher Boghigian, member of the Armenian Youth Federation, which hosted the event.