Holocaust Remembrance Day, April 28th

Berlins memorial for the Holocaust

Berlin’s memorial for the Holocaust

Holocaust remembrance day is on Monday, April 28th this year. This is a day to remember all the victims of the Holocaust and remind ourselves to never allow such a catastrophe to happen again.

The Indian River High School Holocaust Studies Class will be selling carnations in April in remembrance of the Holocaust. All proceeds will be sent to the Holocaust Memorial Museum located in Washington, D.C.. Look out for Holocaust Remembrance Day posters around the school!

So what exactly is a Holocaust? The long word can be translated to mean “sacrifice by fire,”  but it took a whole new definition when Nazi Germany began rounding up Jews and other minority groups–anyone the Nazis considered to be “inferior”–to eventually be mass murdered.

The indescribable horrors of the Holocaust came when Adolf Hitler, leader of the Nazi party, became ruler of Germany. Anti-semitism, the hatred of Jewish people, helped to convince the people of Nazi Germany that Hitler was right to blame Germany’s impoverished state on the Jewish people and other minority groups such as gypsies and the mentally disabled.

When it was all over, much of the world was shocked to discover the horrors that had happened under the control of the Nazi Party. Nevertheless, the Holocaust was not the first mass execution of a group of people; unfortunately, it was also not the last. The world must always remember this event in history to prevent another Holocaust from taking place, as well as pay respect to the many who lost their lives.

The date for our American remembrance was chosen by Congressional resolution as April 28 and 29, because it was on these dates, in 1945, that American troops liberated the Dachau concentration camp.

To learn more about the Holocaust, go to the museum’s website.  According to their main page, their current campaign is titled “Never Again. What You Do Matters,” and is being led by honorary chair Elie Wiesel, author of the memoir “Night.”  The Museum seeks to secure the resources (not just financial but social) to keep Holocaust memory alive as a force for change in today’s world.