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Behind the Aegis

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Thu Apr 16, 2015, 12:51 AM Apr 2015

Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance Day [View all]

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 [View all] 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
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