When Sipora Groen heard that a gunman killed three people near a Jewish community center and retirement home in Kansas — reportedly shouting "Heil Hitler" during the attacks — she was saddened and appalled.
But she wasn't surprised.
"History repeats all the time," Groen said. "People are hateful — they don't even know why they hate."
Groen, 92, of Delray Beach, is a Holocaust survivor. She was a hospital nurse in the Netherlands when Germany invaded in 1940. She spent the rest of the war hiding from the Nazis.
She managed to avoid Hitler's concentration camps and death. Six million other European Jews weren't as fortunate.
"I worry very much about the future," Groen said Wednesday. "And not only for the Jewish people, but for everybody."
As the rampage in Overland Park, Kan., last weekend showed, when blind hatred is unleashed, anyone can get caught in the crossfire.
William Corporon, 69, was a respected physician. His 14-year-old grandson, Reat Underwood, was taking part in a singing competition at the Jewish Community Center. Terri LaManno, 56, was visiting her mother at the Village Shalom retirement home.
All three victims were Christian.
If the alleged gunman, a white supremacist named Frazier Glenn Miller, was trying to kill Jews, he was way off the mark. Whatever you call it — hate crime, murderous ignorance, rabid anti-Semitism — it was also an attack against humanity.
"We have to stop the hate, stop the prejudice," said Kenigsberg.
Kenigsberg is named for a grandmother she never met. Her father, Henry Ehrlich, was a concentration camp survivor. Henry Ehrlich lost countless relatives in the Holocaust, including his parents and four brothers.
"He always said he wasn't any smarter, just luckier," Kenigsberg said about her father, who died in 2008 at age 85.
Kenigsberg said she can still hear her father saying: "Remember and tell the world. … I don't want my past to become your future."
For the last 34 years, she has worked on documenting the stories of Holocaust survivors, witnesses and liberators in South Florida. Kenigsberg estimates there are some 14,000 survivors in South Florida, the second-most in North America, behind New York. But the numbers are dwindling with time.
A planned South Florida Holocaust Museum in Dania Beach still hasn't come to fruition. Kenigsberg said land and permits are in place, but construction won't begin until $1.5 million is raised for the first phase of a $10 million project.
"Education and sensitizing this generation is the best antidote to hatred and violence," Kenigsberg said.
"Never Again" has been the rallying cry of Jews worldwide since the Holocaust.
Last weekend's rampage showed there's still much work to be done.