The Holocaust Museum LA will hold a virtual commemoration on Jan. 27 at 6 p.m. of International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz camp. The event is presented in partnership with the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles and will begin with a virtual talk by Auschwitz survivor, David Lenga, at 11 a.m. The event comes in the wake of several antisemitic incidents in Beverly Hills. 

Lenga was born in Lodz, Poland, in 1927, where he and his family were restricted to a ghetto in a suburb of Strykow for the first two years of World War II. Later moved to the Lodz ghetto and separated from his family, Lenga was sent to Auschwitz and then to a labor camp in Bavaria after the ghetto was liquidated in 1944. Along with a few other captives, Lenga managed to escape and remained in hiding throughout southern Germany until they were liberated by American troops in May of 1945.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day, recognized by the United Nations, commemorates the tragedy of the Holocaust and signifies the day that Auschwitz was liberated. 

Included in the commemoration is a presentation with 3D modeler and mapping expert, Pavel Belsky, to discuss the layout and function of Auschwitz from the eyes of a cartographer. Consul General of Israel to the Pacific Southwest Region Dr. Hillel Newman and Lenga will also speak.

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