Tuesday, April 9, 2002

Never Forget: Holocaust Remembrance Day

Tuesday, April 9, 2002 is Holocaust Remembrance Day, a day set aside to honor the six million Jews who were killed between 1933-1945 in what is known as the Holocaust. In addition to memorializing the fallen, Holocaust Remembrance Day pays tribute to those who survived the horrible ordeal.

This day is about remembering. It is crucial that we, as citizens of the world, remember those who died. And, lest history repeat itself, it is essential that we not forget the horrors humans are capable of perpetrating against one another. Each new generation is further removed from the reality of the Holocaust; this day of remembrance stresses the importance of revisiting not only the horrific results of this tragedy, but also the circumstances that allowed it to happen. We must examine past mistakes in order to understand them and prevent their reoccurrence.

Use this day as an opportunity to start the important dialogue of remembrance and commemoration for those who suffered in the Holocaust.