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Stone wall engraved with a quote from Isaiah reading YOU ARE MY WITNESSES

The Holocaust did not impact my family in the same way of my peers whose grandparents are survivors, or my colleagues whose families escaped the war. Yet as a Jew, it is still my history.

Haley Schreier
Holocaust survivor Sol Rosenkranz

ReformJudaism.org interviews June Hersh. Together with photographer Brian Marcus, she interviewed more than 150 Holocaust survivors and World War II liberators for a new book.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Jewish Holocaust era rescuer Tuvia Bielski and a group of other Jews standing in the woods in an old black and white photo from the Yad Vashem Photo Archives

More than a half century after the Holocaust, it is surely time that we acknowledge that saving one’s own is worthy of recognition and praise. Jews everywhere ought to take pride in these heroes of their own people.

Mordecai Paldiel
Hand holding cell phone with icons visible

A high school student explains what he learned about Jewish tradition from his experience developing a smartphone app for a virtual Yom HaShoah candle.

Andy Lebowitz
Black and white photo from Yad Vashem showing 1940s Jews observing a seder in the ghetto

Have you ever noticed that when we teach the Holocaust, we let the perpetrators dictate the story for us?

Dr. Deborah Fripp
A row of lit votive candles

Yom HaShoah cannot be the only day we remember the Holocaust, but rather a frequent reminder of our obligation to end all forms of oppression.

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Jews digging a trench during World War II in Ponar Lithuania

NOVA”’s new one-hour film, “Holocaust Escape Tunnel,” reminds us that in an era of alternative facts, science and history still can separate fact from fiction.

Wes Hopper
Shoe with a wilted flower on it as partof an installation that honors the Jews who were killed by fascist Arrow Cross militiamen in Budapest during World War II

Learning and knowing – the truth and the facts – is the first step to living and acting responsibly. I offer the following poem as one more means to keep the flame of memory and truth ignited.

Howard Richard Debs
row of short candles with flames

January 27, 2005 marked the 60th anniversary of the Red Army’s liberation of Auschwitz. On that same day, the U.N. declared International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer
Yad Vashem

Genocide has been in the news lately. On March 17th, Secretary of State John Kerry declared, “In my judgment, Daesh (ISIS) is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians, and Shia Muslims.” But unless the world’s most powerful nation fulfills its legal and moral obligation under the Genocide Convention, thousands more men, women, and children will fall victim to the crime that once had no name.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

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