New Bedford honored local Holocaust survivors and concentration camp liberators during the 34th Annual Holocaust Memorial Observance at Buttonwood Park Sunday evening.

The tales of survivors and liberators were shared in front of the city's Holocaust Memorial before a candlelight procession made it's way to the Tifereth Israel Synagogue.

Rabbi Raphael Kanter talks about the importance of keeping these stories alive.

Rabbi Kanter makes an effort to invite as many young people to hear survivors talk about their experiences, "to make sure our young people know, 'I heard someone who had a firsthand account.' You can't imagine how important that is for combating those who would deny the Holocaust."

Thirteen candles were lit in remembrance of the six million Jews killed as well as the five million other victims persecuted for various other reasons.

Speakers expressed the need to learn from history in order to prevent future atrocities against mankind.