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We Must Never Forget.

We remember.

We remember the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust — with names, families, aspirations, hometowns, ages, friends, lives.

We remember how the world ignored, stood by and watched idly as a genocide was systematically carried out.

We remember that the Holocaust did not begin in gas chambers or death camps, rather with words, discrimination, injustice and dehumanization.

We remember the brave souls who fought to resist, protect and defend Jews and fellow vulnerable populations.

We remember that evil, hatred, anti-Semitism and white supremacy live among us and largely go unchecked.

We remember that our responsibility to #NeverForget means educating younger generations about and exposing diverse audiences to the atrocity, magnitude, trauma and truths of the Holocaust.

We remember that fulfilling the words #NeverAgain will take the proactivity, vigilance, sacrifice and courage of all of us for all people in all places for all time.

We remember how after even the depths of darkness, death and despair can come hope, dreams, strength, successes and statehood that defy all odds.

We remember that silence, apathy, forgetting, indifference and, as Elie Wiesel says, “neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented."

We remember every soul, every victim, every story on Yom Ha’Shoah, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, and every day.

© 2020 Erin Schrode. About Erin. Contact.

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