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Holocaust Tag

If you walk past the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., you'll see an enormous banner hanging near the entrance. You can't miss it, whether you're making your way to darken the building's doorway, or not. "NEVER AGAIN" is the slogan for their latest educational push and messaging campaign, but it's also a theme as old as the resistance to hatred, discrimination, and genocide itself. Today, survivors, activists, and world leaders gathered in Oświęcim, Poland to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz extermination camp, and to once again draw attention to the stark reality of how increasingly dangerous it is to be a Jew in Europe. From the BBC:
"We survivors do not want our past to be our children's future," Roman Kent, born in 1929, told a memorial gathering at the death camp's site in Poland. Some 300 Auschwitz survivors returned for the ceremony under a giant tent. Some 1.1 million people, mostly Jews, were killed there between 1940 and 1945, when Soviet troops liberated it. It is expected to be the last major anniversary event survivors are able to attend in considerable numbers. Ronald S Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, told the commemoration: "Jews are targeted in Europe once again because they are Jews... "Once again young Jewish boys are afraid to wear yarmulkes [skullcaps] on the streets of Paris, Budapest, London and even Berlin." In the Czech capital Prague, speakers of parliament from across the EU gathered with the European Jewish Congress to issue a declaration condemning anti-Semitism and hate crimes.

Holocaust Memorial Day was commemorated last week. The day occasioned a number of remarkable stories. Orin Kerr wrote about his late father: The death march brought Aronek and his group to a death camp called Rieben in West Prussia. On the way there, they slept on church floors...