Tonight is the beginning of Yom HaShoah, the day we commemorate the 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, and also honor the countless individuals from all backgrounds who fought back at incredible personal risk. Remember the horrors of the Holocaust, and also the strength of community that ultimately defeated the Nazis.
We must never forget.
And the stories are fading; so much is documented, but the people who experienced them first hand and survived are becoming few in number. Do what you can to hear about and learn from the experiences of those strong enough to make it and keep it alive. History sometimes just disappears into text in books, but this was bigger than that. It can’t happen again. But, it is. The intolerance and inhumanity that was seen then is popping up in countries around the world right now – in 2011. It’s outrageous. We need to use the powerfully chilling history of the Holocaust to stop genocide, hate, and bigotry, and it’s not someone else’s job. It’s ours.