Each year for the past 17 years in Morgantown, WVU Hillel together with faculty and community remember the Holocaust by reading names of victims for 24 continuous hours. Students and community members get through about 10,000 names each year. At that rate, if they had access to all the names of the 11 million victims, the annual tradition would continue for about 1,000 years more. Organizers say they work to humanize the victims in an effort to remember the depths to which humanity can sink.
"One slogan that we like to say when we do this program is 'Never Again,'" said Hillel co-director Heidi Solomon. "The point is to remind people that this is something that can happen anywhere in the world. It can happen very easily. And it is happening. So by reaching out to the community and teaching them about genocide, about the Holocaust, it helps people to realize that we really can't let this happen again."