Never Forget. Never Again.

May 9, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Posted in Announcements + Events | 1 Comment

Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus

Less than two weeks ago, Jews around the world sat down with loved ones and celebrated our exodus from slavery in Egypt.  This upcoming Sunday, on Yom Hashoah, we will remember a different kind of liberation.

On Yom Hashoah we recall the atrocities of the Holocaust, one of the darkest times in the history of humanity.  But at the same time, the 27th of Nisan marks on the Hebrew calendar the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising.  This dichotomy is what Yom Hashoah is about – we take a day to look back and “Never Forget” but we also fight for “Never Again.”

This year marks the 65th Anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.  With the passage of time comes the passing of those who were there, survivor and liberator alike.  We must honor them while they are still with us.  During these Days of Remembrance – our country’s official commemoration of the Holocaust – events will be held locally and nationally to allow all of us to honor our past, present and future.  For local information, please contact your Federation, Jewish Community Center or Synagogue.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum organizes the national Day of Remembrance ceremony.  This year’s ceremony will bring together World War II veterans and Holocaust survivors to honor those who brought freedom, aid and comfort through the liberation of Nazi concentration camps.  The ceremony will be held at the National Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, April 15 at 11:30.  More information, including access to a live webcast, is available at the Museum’s website.

As Jews, we know and appreciate that we live in a global community and the struggle of “never again” is not just about guarding against anti-Semitism.  While 6 million Jews lost their lives, 6 million Roma, Catholics, Homosexuals, the Disabled, Political Prisoners and so many others also suffered and lost their lives.  When a Holocaust denier spouts their falsehoods, they dishonor the memory of all 12 million souls who died at the hands of the Nazis, as well as the countless survivors.  When we fight discrimination, stand up to hate and battle against genocide in Darfur and around the world, we honor the memory of those who fought back in Warsaw and other forms of resistence during those dark days.

No matter how you choose to remember, please take a moment to pause and mark this Day of Remembrance.  Never Forget.  Never Again.

Shalom,
the YDAJC Executive Board

Beyond your local ceremonies, we wanted to let you know of a couple national Yom Hashoah remembrances:

PBS will premiere two documentaries this week that honor those who sacrificed to save at least one life; as the Talmud teaches us “To save one life, is to save the world entire.”  Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from Holocaust in Arab Lands is a timely film that recounts one man’s eight-year effort to answer an important question: Did any Arabs save any Jews during the Holocaust.  Then, Blessed is the Match tells the story of Hannah Senesh.  Hannah Senesh parachuted into her native Hungary in order to save Jews about to be deported but was caught by the Nazi’s.  Hannah refused to reveal any details of the mission but spoke volumes through her poetry, which is recited to this day.  (Check your local PBS listings)

On Wednesday, April 14 at 2:00 pm, the House Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight of the Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing titled “Combating Anti-Semitism: Protecting Human Rights.”  More information, and a live webcast of the hearing, is available at the committee’s website.

Yom Hashoah evening, PBS’s Masterpiece Classic will air a re-telling of The Diary of Anne Frank.  Anne’s diary speaks for itself but, perhaps, the thoughts of a fifteen-year old girl can provide us with the message that must be remembered during this time of remembrance:  “I don’t think of all the misery but of the beauty that remains.”  (Check local listings; Additional PBS programming will feature Jewish and Holocaust topics)
Sarah Holstine
Chair, Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus
Political Director, Young Democrats of America Mid-Atlantic Region
smarksh@yahoo.com
(202) 905-4228

(Cross-posted from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/YDAJC/message/640)

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  1. All Christian, Jewish Sisters and Brothers and Americans: Forget weither you agree with this or that…….vote the way your religion and beliefs stir you. Read the following. If God and the Land God deams holy is not part of the their beliefs…how can you ask them to lead you.

    This is from CNN (Obama news backers)

    CNN’s Dana Bash: I asked the DNC [why it omitted sections of its 2008 Israel plank from its 2012 platform] and we have an answer. And their answer was that they were simply following what the Obama administration’s policy is, and the White House said several months ago that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in the final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that is why it is not in the platform as it was in 2008.

    That was obviously the reason for the platform changes, but it’s still interesting that the Democratic National Committee pointed the finger at Obama so quickly. It’s possible the DNC was worried about the long-term fallout with donors; this seems like one of those issues that would outrage the DNC’s pro-Israel Democratic contributors.

    It’s easy to see how this could snowball into a serious problem for both the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party. Democrats have been telling the Jewish community since 2008 that Obama can be trusted on Israel — and now it turns out his administration isn’t just pursuing some questionable Israel policies, but also eroding the entire party’s previous pro-Israel stances.


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