It has been nearly 70 years since the liberation of the Jews from the Nazi concentration camps at the end of World War II, but for millions of people, Jewish or otherwise, remembering the Holocaust serves to remind us of their suffering during this fateful period in history. For the few remaining survivors who are still alive today and their families, the Holocaust is an ever present reality that cannot be forgotten. Unfortunately for others, this time is merely ancient history. Yet we still try to inform others and teach them throughout every year about the horrors of this terrible period in history.
We still try to answer so many questions and find closure, yet this is oftentimes in vain. But what about the millions of Jews that were murdered during this time? Did they die in vain? Was the suffering of the survivors and their families in vain? However, the main question is could this happen again and what can we do to ensure that it never does? Today, we continue trying to fight the disbelief with proof. We try to fight discrimination, hatred, and ignorance through education efforts. However, there is one day that is a special day for remembering the Holocaust. It is the Sabbath of Remembrance.
On this day, we take time to remember the murder of 6 million Jews and the decimation of their entire families in some cases. We remember those that died and suffered as well as those who fought against it. In the UK, Holocaust Remembrance Day
is observed on January 27th
. We observe the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust
on May 8th
in the US. Additionally, the 8-day period that begins the Sunday prior to Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) and ends the Sunday after is also referred to as the Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust
It is important that we continue to remember the Holocaust because of Jewish history if for no other reason. The history of the Jews dates back nearly 6,000 years and is filled with stories of freedom and slavery, joy and sorrow, and persecution and redemption. For most Jews, their families, history, and the relationship they have with God has shaped their identity as well as their religion. As a result, their yearly calendar is filled with a number of holidays that emphasize their history and their traditions. Holocaust Remembrance Day is one of those important dates on that calendar.
It is important to remember as many details as possible from the Holocaust and that is why we are asking for your help to stop Holocaust Denial! Please Help us by donating and purchasing our exclusive "Hitler's Children" DVD, or participating in discussions in our FB page. Thank you!
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