Tomorrow, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, designated in 2005 by the United Nations General Assembly both to honor the memory of six million Jews along with millions of other minorities wiped out by Nazi atrocities during WWII and to commit to educating future generations to stem denial of these horrors.
Disturbingly, Jews today in Israel and beyond are not just the target of Hamas and related Islamic Jihadists whose stated goal, similar to the Nazi's, is to eradicate us; the gruesome Hamas crimes against people in Israel on October 7, 2023, are being denied, as are many of its terror tactics, use of human shields, and its misuse of international aid.
To boot, in what can only be described as gaslighting on a global scale, the genocidal aim of these perpetrators is being pinned on Israel.
Worst of all is the silence from people we'd have thought would speak up. If not now, when?
So, what can you do?
This International Holocaust Remembrance Day: learn, share, get involved. CLICK HERE for International Holocaust Remembrance Day reources and take the actions that resonate with you.
Combat October 7 denial by learning and sharing important information separating fact from fiction. CLICK HERE.
You don't need a soap box or social media following, though if you do go there, more power to you - and Federation can be a resource. Maybe your comfort limit is a quiet one-on-one with a spouse, a child, a friend.
Whatever the scale, whatever the setting: Speak up. Speak up. Speak up.
"We must apply the lessons of the Holocaust to today's world." Those were the words of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon on the second observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in 2007.
Too many words coming from the U.N. in 2024 betray that sentiment. Our voices, your voices, the voices of all people of conscience must prevail. Learn the facts. Share the facts. Share the facts again. And again.
Let us dedicate ourselves to speaking up this International Holocaust Remembrance Day and every day. Together, we remember and honor those who perished in the Holocaust and on October 7, those who survived, and those working to keep such tragic chapters in our history from continuing to happen.