Holocaust survivor on 'horrific' Capitol insurrection

Wednesday (January 27) marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp, where more than a million people, predominantly Jewish, were murdered during World War II.

In total, around six million Jews were killed during the war in Nazi-occupied Europe.

Harvey told Reuters via Zoom from his Los Angeles home, "I'm very disappointed that after I lost 37 members of my family. It was my mother, my father, they all perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp and anti-semitism is so strong. It's unbelievable how much hatred we experience right now so I'm very sad and disappointed."

"Very, very sad what I witnessed particularly on the sixth," he said, adding "I never thought I was going to live in this country and witness something like that and those are highly educated people, very highly educated people and they knew that (election) wasn't rigged. It was definitely a democratic way to elect a president and look at it. They still, there is a few who are in the Senate who denies it. Sad. Very sad."

Some of the rioters at the capitol wore clothes with anti-Semitic messages, as well as symbols of Nazi Germany.

The images shocked people like Michele Gold, who runs the Holocaust Museum L.A. and whose mother was a Holocaust survivor.

"When we reflect back on January 6th at the insurrection, it was horrific," she told said.

"It wasn't the tipping point but I think it was a very strong reminder of what can happen if education and memory and history goes unchecked. When you look at the characters who were wearing sweatshirts that said 'Camp Auschwitz' and the back of them said 'Staff', this wasn't just a random sweatshirt that was made up, it was obviously well prepared ahead of time for the day," she added.