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Behind the Aegis

(54,365 posts)
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 12:51 AM Apr 2015

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day

Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG'vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; "Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day&quot

Some 12 million lives were extinguished by the Nazi regime and its allies. Persons murdered for who they were, not what they did. Jews, gays, lesbians, Roma, Poles, Slavs, and the mentally and physically challenged. Persons were murdered for having the "wrong" opinions; Communists, trade unionists, intellectuals, and other "malcontents." It was a systematic, state approved mechanism for ridding the Fatherland of it's Untermensch or undesirable sub-humans. It was cruel and highly effective. Three-quarters of European Jewry ceased to exist, almost half the world's population of Jews were erased from the planet. Anywhere from a quarter to almost half of the European Romani people had their lives extinguished. Medical experiments, death inducing labor, hunger, disease, and some of the most cruel methods of torture and execution were implemented.

Seventy years have passed and the survivors are dying, as are their first-person stories. It is important to remember them, as well as though, who risked their own lives to protect the lives of other innocent people. The heroes came from all walks of life, all types of religions, positions of power, and even some countries (Albania, Denmark) did what the could to stop the scourge of the Nazi death machine.

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Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day (Original Post) Behind the Aegis Apr 2015 OP
... AuntPatsy Apr 2015 #1
Never Forget MrBig Apr 2015 #2
... shenmue Apr 2015 #3
It can happen here - or any where MannyGoldstein Apr 2015 #4
.. icymist Apr 2015 #5
K & R nt okaawhatever Apr 2015 #6
... sheshe2 Apr 2015 #7
K & R aquart Apr 2015 #8
.... Cali_Democrat Apr 2015 #9
* Hekate Apr 2015 #10
Never ever forget LittleBlue Apr 2015 #11
I could never forget. tblue Apr 2015 #12
.../... Surya Gayatri Apr 2015 #13
Never Forget - INDEED. Because you better believe it can happen again. calimary Apr 2015 #14
... Warren DeMontague Apr 2015 #15
Never forget. Never forgive. COLGATE4 Apr 2015 #16
. MerryBlooms Apr 2015 #17
K&R, never forget. nt stevenleser Apr 2015 #18
. one_voice Apr 2015 #19
I went to a Yom Ha-Shoah celebration in New Haven one year. KamaAina Apr 2015 #20
... greatauntoftriplets Apr 2015 #21
k & r. nt m-lekktor Apr 2015 #22
Kick. one_voice Apr 2015 #23
Comments by Secretary Kerry: karynnj Apr 2015 #24
For my Romanian mother... beam me up scottie Apr 2015 #25


(69,014 posts)
8. K & R
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 01:58 AM
Apr 2015

Never forget what it felt like so that we always keep compassion for the newest and next victims of the fanatic's need to kill.


(16,350 posts)
12. I could never forget.
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 02:56 AM
Apr 2015
It never leaves my mind for very long. I cannot understand how such a thing could ever happen. But I was just asking my hubby this week if he thought it could happen again. We both agreed it's more than possible.


(82,604 posts)
14. Never Forget - INDEED. Because you better believe it can happen again.
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 03:21 AM
Apr 2015

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

- Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)




(78,249 posts)
20. I went to a Yom Ha-Shoah celebration in New Haven one year.
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 12:26 PM
Apr 2015

And managed to miss the hourly bus back (it was on a Sunday), thereby compelling me to walk all the way back into town (New Haven is quite compact; maybe a mile and a half ).

Then there was the time an Autistic person I knew back in NYC went with me to the Jewish Museum in Carnegie Hill one afternoon. We went into the room that commemorates ha-Shoah. After a few seconds, she spun on her heel, walked out, and said -- out loud, a very big deal for her! -- "I don't want to be in there."


(59,632 posts)
24. Comments by Secretary Kerry:
Thu Apr 16, 2015, 03:48 PM
Apr 2015

From State.gov, so quoting the entire thing:

Teresa and I join all Americans today in observing Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day. We bow our heads as we both mourn and honor the six million Jews and millions of others who perished in the most painful and horrific chapter in human history.

We lack the power to rewind the clock or to bring back those who were murdered. But we do have the power of remembrance, and we will never cease to honor the memory of those who were killed, to grieve their loss, and to cherish their names.

We remain indebted, as well, to the Holocaust survivors who, despite unspeakable trauma, continue to recount their painful experiences so that the passage of time does not lead to the forgetting of what must never be forgotten. We also draw inspiration from the reality that every child of every survivor is added testimony to the utter failure of Hitler’s evil plan.

I was profoundly moved in 2013 when I visited Yad Vashem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and then-President Shimon Peres. A siren wailing through Jerusalem and then a nation standing together in silent reflection signify a profound tribute to the fallen, and a call to consciousness for us all, now and in perpetuity.

For us, then, remembrance is the beginning, not the end of our responsibility. The duty we have is an active one: to work with countries and partners around the globe to fight bigotry wherever it arises, to confront aggression, insist on truth, uphold the rule of law, and promote respect for the rights and dignity of every human being.

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