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Published On: Tue, Jan 28th, 2014

This Day in History: Holocaust Remembrance Day, Auschwitz tribute and President Obama speaks

January 27 is the day the world remembers the millions of Jews who died during World War II at the hands of the Nazis in Germany.

In Auschwitz, Poland, Holocaust survivors and other world leaders gathered for the event called “From the Depths” to honor the million and half Jews who perished at the death camp.

“Something clearly tore at my heart when I visited the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland many years ago,” Dorian de Wind, a retired US Air Force officer, said in a remembrance article. “I will never forget the mountain of shoes in one room, the mountain of eyeglasses in another, the mountain of prostheses, the crumbling chimneys of the crematorium, the now-rusting, yet still sinister railroad tracks.”

According to a CBN article, a holocaust survivor dies nearly every hour.

The day marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and the UN urges every member state to honor the victims of the Nazi era genocide.

“Each year on this day the world comes together to commemorate a barbaric crime unique in human history,” Obama said in a statement. “We recall six million Jews and millions of other innocent victims who were murdered in Nazi death camps. We mourn lives cut short and communities torn apart.”

Noting the liberation anniversary he added.

“The noble acts of courage performed by liberators, rescuers, and the Righteous Among Nations remind us that we are never powerless,” Obama said. “In our lives, we always have choices. In our time, this means choosing to confront bigotry and hatred in all of its forms, especially anti-Semitism.”

Great coverage on the “From the Depths” event, read more HERE

 

Fascist Germany 1933-1945/Verhaftung Jewish men in Baden-Baden in November 1938: After the fascist anti-Semitic pogrom of 9-10. November 1938 were 30 000 Jews arrested and deported to concentration camps. Photo/German Federal Archives via Wikimedia commons

Fascist Germany 1933-1945/Verhaftung Jewish men in Baden-Baden in November 1938: After the fascist anti-Semitic pogrom of 9-10. November 1938 were 30 000 Jews arrested and deported to concentration camps. Photo/German Federal Archives via Wikimedia commons

 

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