Notes at Auschwitz

We Remember

On January 27, 1945, the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated by Soviet troops. In 2005, the United Nations General Assembly established January 27th as International Holocaust Remembrance Day in commemoration of all those who perished under the Nazi Regime.

On April 28th, the American Jewish community will observe Yom Hashoah, a day that specifically memorializes the intolerable cruelty faced by the Jewish people. However, International Holocaust Remembrance Day honors all those affected by the atrocities of the Holocaust and is an opportunity for states, governments, schools, faith communities and workplaces across the country and around the world, to learn, discuss and build relationships. As a global community, we must look to the past and educate the future to fulfill the age old promise of “never again.”

While we recall our grandparents and great grandparents and the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust, International Holocaust Remembrance Day asks us, as Jews, as Americans and as global citizens to pay respect to all those systematically oppressed and murdered by the Nazis. The Romani, the Soviet prisoners of war, Polish and Soviet civilians, homosexuals, disabled individuals, Jehovah’s Witnesses and other political and religious opponents – it has been estimated that the death toll from the Holocaust is somewhere between 11 and 17 million people. In light of yesterday’s commemoration, we reaffirm our commitment to stand beside all those groups of people victimized and annihilated during the Holocaust. As one united people degraded by hatred and bigotry, we can together, and with greater strength, prevent future acts of persecution and genocide.

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Sophie Golomb

About Sophie Golomb

Sophie Golomb is a 2013-2014 Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the RAC. She graduated in 2013 from Brandeis University and is originally from Brooklyn, NY where she is a member of Brooklyn Heights Synagogue.

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