Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, honoring the 6 million Jews murdered in the Holocaust.
To put things into perspective, imagine if 2/3 of all Americans were targeted and murdered simply because they are American. That is, indeed, the carnage foisted upon the Jewish population of Europe as a result of the Nazi ideology to eliminate Jews.
While it is true that Jews did not have a nation of their own at the time, it is estimated that roughly 9 million Jews lived in European countries that Germany would occupy before the end of World War 2. By the time the Nazi killing machine was shut down, 6 million Jews had lost their lives.
Commemoration services will take place around the globe today, but I want to share with you the commemoration in Israel. Below is video footage from the 2015 commemoration service at Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum and Research Center in Jerusalem. The ceremony is almost an hour long, and is interesting. However, if you are limited on time, I encourage you to simply watch the lighting of torches and survivor testimonies beginning at 15:40.
Let’s join others in commemorating the loss of Jewish lives, while honoring survivors, and praying for the Jewish people.
Join us tomorrow and Friday as we conclude this week’s series on the Holocaust and Antisemitism. We have already put a face to the Holocaust, put the Holocaust into perspective, and addressed the research behind the 6 million murdered. Tomorrow we will answer, “What is Antisemitism,” and will look at today’s manifestations and our response to it on Friday. See you then!