By Natalie Zarowny
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In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, a Holocaust survivor came to speak at Temple Emanuel in Davenport Sunday night.
"I do not turn around to wave goodbye to my parents. I do not kiss them goodbye. Looking back now that I'm in my 80s, I'm wondering what must have been going through my mind," said Joe Koek, a Holocaust survivor.
Joe Koek was hidden by the Dutch resistance movement during World War II
He and his two sisters survived the war, but his parents were murdered in Auschwitz.
Temple Emanuel's Rabbi said it's important for people to hear stories like Joe's.
"Not just for recalling the tragedies of yesteryear, but also for understanding the important lessons the Holocaust offers us in terms with interacting with our world today," said Rabbi Henry Jay Karp.
Joe Koek will also be speaking tomorrow night at 7 pm at Augustana College.