Good morning, America. If you come across this today, Tuesday, it is also Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. While the day passes by like any other to most people, it is a time of great reflection for some. For all that has been done for human rights in the 60+ years since the Holocaust, we still have so much work left to do. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech, given earlier this week in Geneva, demonstrates that perfectly. Representatives from more than 30 countries walking out, but even more stayed and applauded the Iranian president.
My peers are among the last generation to hear first-hand accounts of Holocaust survivors, to meet them, talk with them, and to see the scars–physical and emotional–that they still bear. My children will never have that. Much as America’s early wars and events have been relegated to textbook pages and preserved battlegrounds and artifacts, so too will the Holocaust. It is our job to make sure that the deaths of 12 million people, half of them Jews, were not in vain.
With all the chaos that exists in the world today, most notably in the Sudan and Sri Lanka, what are you doing to help? What are any of us doing? What am I doing? “Never Forget” is in your face everywhere you look, but it’s not about us forgetting anymore. Now it’s what happens next. If we can take the lessons learned in Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Treblinka and better the world, then we are not forgetting. But we have eons to go before we’re there.
“I should like someone to remember that there once lived a person named David Berger.”
-David Berger in his last letter, Vilna 1941.