We can never undo the horrific past from which we suffered, and from which many still do. But we have built up our lives and our country. In our very existence, we shout, “Never Again.” This is the cornerstone of the victory that we celebrate every day, even on days like today, Holocaust Remembrance Day, when we must remember and mourn the past.
Antisemitism has been a scourge of the human race since the ancient world. Too often throughout history, Christians have not only turned a blind eye but even took part themselves. That this still happens in America, even after the long shadow of the 20th century’s greatest horrors, is incomprehensible. Each year, on Holocaust Remembrance Day, the world takes stock of one of its darkest moments. The Holocaust is among those historical markers that force us to face the reality of evil. Especially in a culture like ours, that too often thinks in “Dr. Evil” comedic caricatures, we must never forget the true potential of humanity.
In late January, Holocaust survivor Eric Schwam passed away at age 90. According to a BBC article, Schwam, a native of Vienna, arrived in Le Chambon in 1943, a refugee along with his mother, father, and grandfather. There, the people of the village kept him and his family safe from the Nazis. After the war, Schwam eventually returned to Austria to live a quiet life. However, he never forgot the people of Le Chambon for saving his life. In fact, he left the town more than $2 million in a bequest.
There’s a new movement to celebrate Holocaust Survivor Day on June 24. This new initiative is being spearheaded in Poland, from where many of the survivors came, where they suffered, and where their families and entire communities were slaughtered. Unlike Holocaust Memorial Day when we mourn the six million Jews who were murdered, this day is dedicated to celebrating and encouraging the survivors.
At a Zoom conference hosted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide U.K. and the René Cassin Foundation, members discussed the persecution Uyghurs are experiencing in China, stating that it was "far too familiar" to the persecution of Jewish people during the Holocaust.