Pennsylvania governor honors Pittsburgh victims during Auschwitz visit
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Pennsylvania governor honors Pittsburgh victims during Auschwitz visit

At concentration camp museum, Tom Wolf signs guestbook with the names of 11 casualties of synagogue shooting

A memorial for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. (Hane Grace Yagel via JTA)
A memorial for the victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh. (Hane Grace Yagel via JTA)

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Sunday honored the 11 victims of the attack on the Tree of Life synagogue while on a visit to Auschwitz.

Wolf signed the guestbook at the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial by writing the names of the victims of the shooting nearly a year ago. Under that, he wrote: “Pennsylvania mourns for the people who were murdered on October 27, 2018 in the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.” He also wrote “100% tolerance; 0% hate.”

Hours later, he tweeted: Thank you @AuschwitzMuseum for the opportunity to memorialize the Tree of Life victims. Pennsylvania was founded on the principle of tolerance. And we are #StrongerThanHate.”

Prior to leaving on the visit, Wolf said in a news conference that he would carry to the Nazi camp the mezuzah that hung on the door of Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers’s office, and which was broken in the attack.

Gov. Tom Wolf listens as Pennsylvania lawmakers come together in an unusual joint session to commemorate the victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack that killed 11 people last year at the state Capitol in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, April 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

“What I’m hoping for is that this act will bring solace, some solace to the survivors, and will remind them that we Pennsylvanians will never forget their loved ones,” Wolf said during the news conference.

Wolf this week is visiting 600 Pennsylvanians stationed with the National Guard in Lithuania and Poland and was scheduled to meet with Lithuanian government and business leaders, The Associated Press reported.

He is also scheduled to visit the Paneriai Holocaust Memorial, in the forests outside Vilnius, Lithuania, later in the week.

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