“To forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time.” Elie Wiesel
Yesterday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. Several of my blogging friends wrote about it and covered the details thoroughly. In my newspaper today a well-written article by the AP also gave recognition to the greatest act of inhumanity ever in modern history.
And some people say, “Whaaaat? What are you talking about?”
To me it is unfathomable that anyone living on planet Earth does not know that over 6 millions Jews plus Roma, gays, and the handicapped were systematically rounded up, sent to the death camps and murdered. To me it is unconscionable that groups exist in my state that say the Holocaust was a hoax.
My newspaper article this morning referenced a study released by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany and the Azriekli Foundation stating that in Canada 52% of millennials cannot not name even one of the concentration camps and that 62% of millennials did not know about the 6 million Jews killed. These findings are similar to a study conducted last year in the USA.
We must never forget nor allow others to forget what happened in the death camps. We must always stand up for the oppressed and disenfranchised. Not knowing is not an excuse.