Today, April 21 is Yom Hashoah or Holocaust Rememberance Day.
It was on a day like this that Josh and I read a poem that would change our point of view so much, many years later, we made a little film about it.
If at all possible, take just a few minutes to remember the 6 million that were lost.
First they came for the Communists
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist
Then they came for the Jews
And I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t Jewish
Then they came for the Catholics
And I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant
Then they came for me
And by that time there was no one left to speak up for me
-Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
From About.com author Jennifer Rosenburg (direct link to complete article http://history1900s.about.com/cs/holocaust/a/yomhashoah.htm)
It has been over 60 years since the Holocaust. To survivors, the Holocaust remains real and ever-present, but for some others, sixty years makes the Holocaust seem part of ancient history. Year-round we try to teach and inform others about the horrors of the Holocaust. We confront the questions of what happened? How did it happen? How could it happen? Could it happen again? We attempt to fight against ignorance with education and against disbelief with proof.
But there is one day in the year when we make a special effort to remember (Zachor). Upon this one day, we remember those that suffered, those that fought, and those that died. Six million Jews were murdered. Many families were completely decimated.