“By remaining vigilant against those who seek to perpetrate violence and murder, we honor those we lost during one of the darkest periods in human history. And we keep their memory alive for generations to come.” —President Obama on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
I had no idea there was a secular International Holocaust Remembrance Day; I’m used to celebrating Yom HaShoah in late March or early April depending on how the Jewish calendar falls on the Gregorian one.
Now comes the fun game of not letting myself fall down the hole of reading every article and hurting my heart with remembering. I’m prone to that with this topic. Most of us are.
My great-great-grandfather was an Auschwitz survivor. I’m glad this day exists, because even though I don’t remember him, all of us should remember what happened to him and millions of others.