"It's 1944. My mother is only nine years old. There's loud banging on the door, shouting.
"It's a round up. Terrified, she is. Even at nine, she knows, she's about to be taken."
With these words, Dr Karin Blumenthal Elix transported her audience to the bitterly cold, inhumane world experienced by her mother Edith Blumenthal, one of the last Holocaust survivors in Canberra.
"At age nine, my mother's childhood was over."
At a service to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday, Canberra's Jewish community came together to remember, to reflect and to resolve that the memory of the Holocaust and its terrors will never be extinguished.
Through tears, and wearing the yellow star her mother was forced to wear by the Nazi regime, Dr Blumenthal Elix paid tribute to her mother and her late father Thomas Blumenthal, also a Holocaust survivor.
Mrs Blumenthal's story of surviving the Holocaust had never been told publicly before, but she was able to watch on as her daughter found the words to tell the true horror.
The cattle truck that transferred her and other Jews to the concentration camp. The single bucket for a toilet. Being told by her own mother to always stick with her sister, and find a new place to hide each day.
Mrs Blumenthal's family only found these details over many years, "gently, gently" asking questions about what she had experienced.
Dr Blumenthal Elix shared that story with the members of the community present, as well as the federal politicians at the event.
"There is so much more to this story. There is so much more that my mother witnessed and I have so much more to learn."
Those present were called upon to ensure that generations to come wouldn't suffer in the same way.
"My mother asked for acknowledgement of the Holocaust, for education, to educate the society, young and old, so that the hatred of Jews stops, knowing that hatred leads to destruction, and that destruction and oppression affects us all," Dr Blumenthal Elix said.
The ceremony, led by the ACT Jewish Community's president Veronica Leydman, included the lighting of six candles by the six Holocaust survivors in Canberra, alongside six children from the local community.
While the day of remembrance is a sad one, the local community has been buoyed by the news the federal government will spend $750,000 on a Holocaust Museum and Education Centre in Canberra, to be part of the National Jewish Memorial Centre.
The museum will also be supported financially and in-kind by the ACT government.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, who is Jewish, was at the ceremony and spoke of the importance of making sure the Holocaust is never forgotten, and that historical revisionism is never allowed to flourish.
"The Holocaust was not just a crime against the Jewish people, but a crime against humanity," Mr Frydenberg said.
"Roma, Sinti, homosexuals, the disabled, Jehovah's Witnesses, political and religious leaders all fell afoul of the Nazi killing machine, as well as 6 million Jews and tragically and heartbreakingly, 1.5 million Jewish children.
"If a minute silence was observed for every Jewish victim of the Holocaust, that silence would last for more than eleven years."
Mr Frydenberg has been part of a push by the federal government to fund education centres around the country, in the hope there will be one in every capital city.
"We have to stand firm against that historical revisionism and against the rise in anti-Semitism and hate and that is why education is so important," he said.