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A Holocaust memorial. (Credit: CBS)

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SKOKIE, Ill. (CBS) — Holocaust survivors and their families gathered this past weekend in Skokie, remembering the 6 million people who died at the hands of the Nazis.

The 67th annual Collective Holocaust Memorial Service was held this past Sunday at the Skokie Valley Agudath Jacob Synagogue, at 8825 East Prairie Rd. in Skokie. It was sponsored by She’erit HaPleitah of Metropolitan Chicago, an umbrella organization of Holocaust survivor groups in the area.

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The event is considered the largest gathering Holocaust survivors in the Midwest, and one of the largest in the United States, Jewish Business News reported.

Among the speakers was Orli Gil, the consul general of Israel to the Midwest. At an event Saturday, Gil says she is trying to find something positive that came out of the Holocaust.

“It’s a bit unorthodox to talk about making the best out of it, because there’s no good that came out of it,” Gil said. “But if there’s any way to commemorate the Holocaust victims, it is to show them that the spirit of the people of Israel is not dead.”

Speakers at the service talked of the threats the Jewish people still face, including threats by Iran to eliminate Israel, and those who deny that the Holocaust ever happened.