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 â€“ we take a day to look back and â€œNever Forgetâ€ but we also fight for â€œNever Again.â€
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 countryâ€™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 yearâ€™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 Museumâ€™s website.
As Jews, we know and appreciate that we live in a global community and the struggle of â€œnever againâ€ 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.
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 â€œTo save one life, is to save the world entire.â€ Among the Righteous: Lost Stories from Holocaust in Arab Lands is a timely film that recounts one manâ€™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 Naziâ€™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 â€œCombating Anti-Semitism: Protecting Human Rights.â€ More information, and a live webcast of the hearing, is available at the committeeâ€™s website.
Yom Hashoah evening, PBSâ€™s Masterpiece Classic will air a re-telling of The Diary of Anne Frank. Anneâ€™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: â€œI donâ€™t think of all the misery but of the beauty that remains.â€ (Check local listings; Additional PBS programming will feature Jewish and Holocaust topics)
Chair, Young Democrats of America Jewish Caucus
Political Director, Young Democrats of America Mid-Atlantic Region
(Cross-posted from: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/YDAJC/message/640)