On International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Huffington Post - about 1 month
The UN designated January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This was the day, in 1945, that the Soviet army liberated Auschwitz, the infamous Nazi German death camp that has come to symbolize the demonic depths to which the Third Reich descended in the "industrialization" of genocide.
In the Jewish tradition, we are commanded to remember (zachor) and not to forget (lo tishkach).
Let us remember...
...the six million Jews, including 1.5 million children, who were exterminated in the Holocaust (in Hebrew, Shoah).
...the entirely new alphabet created by the Nazis for the Final Solution -- from the letter "A" for Auschwitz to the letter "Z" for Zyklon-B.
...not only the tragic deaths of the six million Jews, but also their vibrant lives--as shopkeepers and craftsmen, scientists and authors, teachers and students, parents and children, husbands and wives.
...the richly hued and ancient Jewish civilizations that were destroyed--from Salonika to Vilna, from Ams
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