Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 22, 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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This Sunday 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 current and disgraceful Holocaust denial of countries like Iran.

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

A Holocaust survivor 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 half-a-million Jews were murdered there in less than one year. Only two Jews survived.

See this powerful film at ajc.org.

This is David Harris of AJC.