The Holocaust has left an indelible mark on the memories and lives of many. It led to the deaths of more than six million victims, as well as countless military deaths in the struggle to defeat the Nazi regime.
It also left many people grappling with unthinkable experiences – as well as others coping with the guilt of knowing that they did not take action to stop the Holocaust until it was already too late for many victims.
Survivors and those who lived through the war period with them have all contemplated their experiences and done their best to come to terms with them. In so doing, they have left many wise sayings to guide the people of the future in ensuring that nothing like the Holocaust can ever take place again.
Here are a few quotes of the Holocaust:
“The Holocaust also shows us how a combination of events and attitudes can erode a society's democratic values.”
- Tim Holden
“We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances - to choose one's own way.”
- Victor Frankl
“For your benefit, learn from our tragedy. It is not a written law that the next victims must be Jews.”
- Simon Wiesenthal
“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 Niemoller
“In those times, one climbed to the summit of humanity by simply remaining human.”
- Elie Wiesel
“It is deeply shocking and incomprehensible to me that despite volumes of documentation and living witnesses who can attest to the horrors of the Holocaust, there are still those who would deny it.”
- Amanda Anderson
“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”
- Elie Wiesel, quoted from Edmund Burke
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