#HolocaustRemembranceDay: Honor, Remember, Never Forget [VIDEO]

#HolocaustRemembranceDay: Honor, Remember, Never Forget [VIDEO]

#HolocaustRemembranceDay: Honor, Remember, Never Forget [VIDEO]

The first book I read regarding the Holocaust was The Diary of Anne Frank. The second book, The Hiding Place, was written by a survivor of Ravensbruck, Corrie Ten Boom. Today is Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. But how many truly know what this means to all of us? Fewer than you’d think.

According to a new survey released on Thursday by the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, fully 41 percent of Americans don’t know what Auschwitz was, including two-thirds of Millennials. Approximately 22 percent of Millennials had not heard of the Holocaust, and 41 percent of Millennials thought 2 million or fewer Jews were murdered during the Holocaust.

As Ben Shapiro states, this is very troubling but also informative. The embrace by Millennials and even adults who should know better of socialism, the rise of anti-Semitism across Europe and here in the U.S., the hatred by the U.N. towards Israel and more is symptomatic of a larger problem. Education. Specifically, the lack thereof. 

  • Seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to
  • A majority of Americans (58 percent) believe something like the Holocaust could happen again

What is that saying? If we refuse to learn from history we are doomed to repeat it. Tearing down Confederate statues doesn’t hide the fact that the Civil War happened. Likewise, ignoring the very real facts of the Holocaust, treating it as entertainment, or not teaching it in schools and on college campuses is a disservice to us all.

This thread from Orin Kerr outlines the reality of the Holocaust’s impact upon just ONE family.

Schindler’s List wasn’t just a movie. It was about a real man who tried to save as many as he could from being murdered.

Oskar Schindler saved more lives that he ever realized. He was not alone either. Sir Nicholas Winton was another.

Today, we honor and remember the six million who were murdered because of hate.

Remember so that the horrific atrocities of the Holocaust will never happen again.

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  • Kim Quade says:

    If we can’t even remember the Holocaust, what else are we forgetting?

    The Holodomor in the Ukraine in the 1930’s.
    The Nanking Massacre in China in 1937.
    The Cambodian Genocide in the 1970’s.

    And on, and on.

  • GWB says:

    Seven out of ten Americans (70 percent) say fewer people seem to care about the Holocaust than they used to
    Honestly, this is perfectly normal. We are approaching two generations from the event. And, honestly, it shouldn’t consume our everyday lives. We should be vigilant, but not obsessed – until it’s necessary, then the weapons come out.

    A majority of Americans (58 percent) believe something like the Holocaust could happen again
    So more Americans than I thought are realists. OF COURSE it could happen again! All the vigilance in the world doesn’t guarantee that anyone will act. Heck, look at what Turkey is trying to do in northern Syria – no one wants to actually give the Kurds their due. Look at Mao’s murderous programs, Stalin’s gulags, the Khmer Rouge.
    If you believe it won’t happen again, I think you’re dreaming.

    As to books, our family has been reading through My Brother’s Keeper: Christians Who Risked All to Protect Jewish Targets of the Nazi Holocaust as a devotion, reading a story each week. All the stories are from Yad Vashem, as each person is considered a Righteous Among The Nations.

    As to trying to ensure this doesn’t happen again, zealously guard your rights – especially to keep and bear arms. Never let people – gov’t or mob – drive you into hiding for your ethnicity or your beliefs. And keep watch for your brother. As Imre Bathory (Hungarian) said (I paraphrase), “On judgment day I know I will not be asked by God what he asked of Cain.”

    Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” He said, “I do not know; am I my brother’s keeper?” And the Lord said, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood is crying to me from the ground.”

  • Citizen tom says:


    Generally, I agree with your remarks, but the Holocaust remains a special horror. Fortunately, we have not experienced anything like WW II for almost four generations (A generation is about 20 – 25 years.). Because people are forgetting, we will most likely see another such horror.

    Why are people forgetting? The problem is our public education system. Because politicians run our schools, politicians choose the people who run our schools, and politicians choose the educational content. Therefore, who teaches children and what children are taught too often has more to do with campaign donations than what parents want for their children.

    What I would add is that parents need to know about Communism as well as Nazism. Both these totalitarian systems posed dire threats during the 20th Century, and the threat is still here. Communism and Nazism were different manifestations of Socialism. Communism and Nazism were based upon the belief that someone else, the master race and the vanguard of the proletariat respectively, can run our lives for us better than we can run our lives.

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