Holocaust Victims Remembered

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Violins from the Holocaust, restored by Amnon Weinstein [Photo Credit: The New West Symphony]

Most Americans are familiar with the Holocaust, but few understand the scope of its destruction.  Just 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz and other German death camps, fewer than half of all Americans (45%) know that 6 million Jews were killed as part of Hitler’s “Final Solution.” Monday is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, yet our collective memory of history’s most horrific genocide seems to be growing dim. We forget at our own peril.

The same hatred and prejudice that propelled the Nazi regime and its collaborators toward the annihilation of Jews in the 1930s and 1940s is again on the rise globally. According to a study by the Kantor Center at Tel Aviv University, 2018 witnessed a 13% increase in the number of violent, anti-Semitic attacks around the world, including the largest number of Jews killed, compared to previous years. Continue reading