The United Nation’s International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in Poland by the Soviet Army on January 27, 1945.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it”Harvard philosophy professor George Santayana (1863-1952) 🇪🇸
International Holocaust Remembrance Day
International Holocaust Remembrance Day was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
The Shoah (Holocaust)
Adolf Hitler’s rise to power in 1933 was the beginning of a systematic genocide that killed over six million Jews, Romani, Gays, and political opponents.
Many New York families know first hand what happened. We have empty seats at the table that should have been filled with a grandma, grandpa, auntie or uncle.
Whether we are Jewish or not, we must never forget, for once loose, evil can turn on anyone.
This is especially important at this moment in American history when an unstable, insecure President who studied Hitler’s speeches (as reported by his first wife, Ivana) uses racial hatred and hate-filled rallies as a political tool. We have been down this road and know where it leads. [We wrote that in 2016. Unchecked, the ex-president’s power grab led to the January 6, 2021 Capitol Insurrection witnessed by the entire world.]
Never again. Nunca más. Always forgive, but never forget.
Silence is complicit.
How It Happened
What occurred in the United States from 2016 to 2021 bears striking similarities to what was done to militarize Germany and Japan during the 1930s in the buildup to World War II. We are not saying it’s exactly the same thing, but the slippery slope that led advanced societies down the rabbit hole is very similar.
There is a documentary series on Netflix called “Greatest Events of WWII In Colour.” The last two episodes “Liberation of Buchenwald” and “Hiroshima” explain how Germany and Japan went down the rabbit hole. Watching those episodes, you can’t help but notice the similarities between the political manipulations of 1930s Germany and Japan, and what’s been done in the United States in recent years.
Everybody knows how World War II ended, but it’s worth considering how it happened. We do not want to go there.