Holocaust Remembrance Day

Holocaust Remembrance Day

AJC national radio message


April 3, 2013 - New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day begins this Sunday evening.

It's a time to recall the six million Jews systematically killed by the Nazis.

From the letter "A" for Auschwitz, the infamous death camp, to the letter "Z" for Zyklon B, the killing agent used in the gas chambers, the Nazis created an entirely new alphabet of genocide.

On this solemn day, we remember not just the deaths of the six million, including one-and-a-half-million children, but also their vibrant lives – and how much they had to offer humanity.

We recall those who courageously fought back, and the few righteous souls who tried to help them.

We honor the Allied armies who, at such great cost, defeated the Nazis and buried the Third Reich.

And we remember the slippery slope that led from the dehumanization of the Jewish people to their targeted destruction.

At AJC, our goal is to help ensure that nothing like this ever happens again – to any people.

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This is David Harris of AJC.