“For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.” ― Elie Wiesel
Sixty-seven years ago perhaps the greatest travesty of the modern era came to a close as the Holocaust was finally was exiled to the dust of history. The images, testimonials and artifacts of Nazi Germany’s attempt to exterminate the Jews, Gypsies, Gays and other minorities have been burned into our collective memories. The principles of industry been used as instruments of death were used as never before in the quest of one race to prove itself dominant over all others.
Lawrence Powell observed, “Public truth telling is a form of recovery, especially when combined with social action.” As a people whose religion teaches us that social action is the obligation of everyone, it is important to take Yom Hashoah to remember the fallen, learn of the survivors and recommit ourselves to defend the future victims of mass tragedy. The tragedy of the Holocaust was not only the vindictiveness of a few misguided leaders or the blind abeyance of their follows. The tragedy also lies in the stories of those who stood by without taking action.
Never again can we be content to watch the skies darken with the smoke of charred bodies. Never again can we allow fear to drive us away from action. Never again will be bear witness to such tragedy without trying to stop it. Never again…