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Holocaust Remembrance Day

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A man mourning during a ceremony to lay flowers at the Death Wall at Auschwitz, January 27, 2020. Photo credit: © Natalia Fedosenko/TASS via ZUMA Press
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This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day falls on Thursday, April 8. But some people remember the Holocaust every single day of their lives, either because they were one of its victims, or, with good reason, they believe it could happen again. Others never give it a thought, and some don’t even believe it ever happened. 

Worse yet, some actually believe that Jews caused the Holocaust. 

Here are some depressing statistics from an article entitled, “First Ever 50-State Survey on Holocaust Knowledge of American Millenials and Gen Z”:

    • In perhaps one of the most disturbing revelations of this survey, 11 percent of US millennial and Generation Z respondents believe Jews caused the Holocaust.
    • The findings were more disturbing in New York where an astounding 19 percent of respondents felt Jews caused the Holocaust; followed by 16 percent in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Montana and 15 percent in Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Additional statistics from the survey of millennials and Generation Z:

    • 63 percent of all national survey respondents do not know that six million Jews were murdered. 
    • Ten states with the highest Holocaust knowledge scores: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Maine, Kansas, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Idaho, Iowa, and Montana.
    • Ten states with the lowest Holocaust knowledge scores: Alaska, Delaware, Maryland, New York, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, and Arkansas.

How do you explain the systematic murder of over 6 million men, women, and children, just because they were Jews? Between 1941 to 1945, the Nazis and their collaborators committed these unspeakable atrocities on a scale that is impossible to imagine. 

No words can capture the horror, so we offer a small collection of high-quality videos which give you a glimpse, in a way that words cannot, of what the Holocaust was like.  

One film in particular is a true work of art, and it is the first on our list:

Night and Fog by Alain Resnais (31:52 minutes)

Two more revealing, very disturbing films:

Liberating Dachau 1945 (16:05 minutes)

Liberators and Survivors: The First Moments (15.26 minutes)

In this video, you can look into the eyes of those who let the Holocaust happen:

Civilians of Weimar Forced to Visit Buchenwald Concentration Camp (2:52 minutes)

A grotesque video of Nazis, men, and women partying. Taking time off from murdering thousands per day:

The Unbearable Lightness of Being a Nazi (10:12 minutes)

This one shows street scenes of Germany just beginning to get back up on its feet and stagger around, as if wondering what happened:

Deutschland 1945: Sensationally restored film footage by George Stevens (16:50 minutes)

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  1. Avatar Martin says:

    The human world contains endless examples of unfathomable cruelty and militarized horror. There are innumerable genocides in human history, ones that mark our present day.
    Shall we “look into” our eyes and try to discern how we could “let it happen” – the on-going ecocide of nature by human hands, the deaths of billions upon billions poor people across the globe due to hunger or lack of humanitarian assistance, the subjugation of disfavored people by governments and their corporate masters?
    Yes, German civilians “let the Holocaust happen.” What of American civilians of that era, or today, like Milicent Cantor? Is there no blame for letting the atrocities of humanity “happen” contained within her own gaze?