A Day to Remember the Holocaust

AJC national radio message
January 25, 2011 – New York – AJC Executive Director David Harris, in his national radio commentary, recalls the horrors of the Nazi slaughter of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Harris’s message coincides with International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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The full text of this week’s commentary follows:

This week marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

It’s a day to remember the six million Jews, including one-and-a-half million children, systematically slaughtered by the Nazis.

It’s a day to recall that the Holocaust began with words demonizing the Jews. Then laws disenfranchising them. And, finally, gas chambers destroying them.

It’s a day to recall that the genocide was committed by one of the world’s most advanced societies, while too many remained silent.

It’s a day to reject the disgraceful Holocaust denial of countries like Iran.

And it’s a day to say “never again” and actually mean it.

An aging Holocaust survivors recently told me, “Don’t let the world forget what happened to us. It could happen again.”

Sobering words.

AJC has produced a short film on the Nazi death camp, Belzec. More than 500,000 Jews were slaughtered there in less than a year. Only two Jews survived.

See this powerful film at ajc.org.

This is David Harris of AJC.Date: 1/25/2011
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