Today, January 27th is recognized by the United Nations as the International Holocaust Remembrance Day and is observed around the world. On this day in 1945, allied forces liberated Auschwitz. It is important to recall that Soviet forces in 1939 had allied with the Nazis in invading and dividing up Poland in the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact that started WW2. They only changed sides after Germany invaded them on June 22, 1941.
|Soviet soldier and Nazi soldiers fraternize after conquering Poland in 1939|
|Holocaust memorial on Miami Beach|
At the same time it is important to remember and honor the martyrs and heroes who resisted the Nazis. They are exemplars in moral courage that are much needed today. In 2017 in the United States we saw Neo-Nazis on the march in Charlottesville, North Carolina first in a torchlight parade chanting anti-Semitic rants that the following day turned deadly in violent clashes that claimed an innocent life. We must remain vigilant and denounce this evil ideology wherever and whenever it arises.
Let us begin by saying #WeRemember and committing to it never happening again.
"To forget the victims means to kill them a second time. So I couldn't prevent the first death. I surely must be capable of saving them from a second death." - Elie Wiesel