Shawn Harding
Founder of The Holocaust Blueprint

Today is a day to remember

Auschwitz II-Bireknau - Photo credit - Shawn Harding

It is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and around the world all organizations related to the Holocaust are spreading information about the Holocaust across social media and other avenues. At the very least, this effort will reach those who remain unaware—at the very best, it will start the much-needed dialogue regarding the growing scourge of hate that has come back into the limelight, especially over the last few years.

The millions of deaths at the hands of the Nazi German regime show the depths of depravity humanity can collapse to if given the power to act on their prejudices, hate, and greed. International Holocaust Remembrance Day should be a reminder of the immorality humanity is capable of, but it should also serve as a warning should we remain silent in the face of growing prejudice.

Education is the key, but without willingness to learn education falls on deaf ears. The problem goes beyond social media, but to the core of how our leaders address these events across the world. Without active condemnation—without acknowledgement of existence—hate grows. Complicity is formed by our silence, by our denial, and by our failure to self-evaluate the faults around us.

We may not be able to change the older generations, but the younger generations are still able to learn, and in many cases are less solidified in their beliefs. As the accessibility of Holocaust survivors dwindles, it becomes paramount their stories are never silenced and we continue every effort possible to spread their experiences and memories.

This day is a time to reflect on yesterday, today, and tomorrow. What can we do to create a better tomorrow for all peoples? What can we do to contribute to Holocaust education across the world? The rash of anti-Semitic attacks are frightening, but the unwillingness to capitulate is a feature the Jewish people have exemplified for millennia. The experiences of the Holocaust should be used to prevent genocides across the world and as an example of what happens when countries remain silent or indecisive in action against those who harm the innocent—especially children. Children: tomorrow’s beauty and today’s innocence. It is only through them that we can truly stamp out hate, but if the world remains set in our differences, we will only continue to experience the plight of hate and prejudice.

75 years ago today, Auschwitz was liberated—a place so evil, so dark, so destructive that the very outskirts of this location send chills down the spines of those who approach. Death was the very definition of Auschwitz. The world cannot afford to remain separated as it once was and is, but we must come together and acknowledge our faults and grow from them. If tomorrow is to be better then we must start today. We must fight the darkness with the light, and we must show the ugly head of the beast that is hate. As a person we can condemn hate, but as a community we can end hate.

Today is a day to remember. Today is the start of a better tomorrow.

About the Author
Shawn Harding is the founder of The Holocaust Blueprint. Shawn works to create educational materials for free for users across the world to visualize the Holocaust and obtain information in relation to it.
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