Holocaust Remembrance Day-Remember, Honor, Learn

“Remember the Holocaust didn’t start in the gas chambers, it began with the rhetoric of hate.” Rabina Khan

Possibly the best way to honor International Holocaust Remembrance Day (today, January 27) is simply to reflect on this profound thought.

Since 2005 the United Nations and its member states have held commemoration ceremonies to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Berkenau and to honor the victims and survivors of the Holocaust.

Clearly, the main purpose of the day is to honor the victims; a secondary and related goal is to support the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and to prevent further genocide. Equally important is the commitment to reject any form of Holocaust denial, in part by preserving historic sites related to the Holocaust.

Drawing from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights the UN Resolution 60/7 condemns all forms of “religious intolerance, incitement, harassment or violence against persons or communities based on ethnic origin or religious belief throughout the world.”

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”   Elie Wiesel

Read more about International Holocaust Remembrance Day here:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/01/27/holocuast-memorial-day-eternal-vigilance-can-prevent-return/

https://www.yivo.org/cimages/richardbreitman-ottofrank-whitepaper.pdf?c=

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/01/27/trump-fails-mention-jews-holocaust-remembrance-statement/97150252/

http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/27/us/holocaust-survivor-poverty/

 

 

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