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.
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.
On the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it is important to recognize that there is a very real human tendency to mis-remember the grave evils of history: to imagine that they happened in a different world; to think that those who perpetuated such evil, or those who scandalously remained silent and complicit, were somehow different kinds of people than we are.