What do you know about January 27, 1945?
It was on that day Soviet troops entered and liberated Auschwitz, a large complex of concentration and extermination camps, the crown jewel of the Nazi’s “Final Solution.” Before the Nazi regime was done, they had eliminated over 6 million Jews.
Today, there are those who deny the Holocaust really happened. Sadly, many have yet to be educated about the atrocities, so easily fall prey to false beliefs about the gravity of that evil atrocity.
Shockingly, in the US and around the world, we are seeing very similar warning signs that were seen in the lead-up to Hitler’s deadly surge against the Jewish people in the late-1930’s. Is it possible the world will once again turn a blind eye to the plight of God’s chosen people?
Since 2005, International Holocaust Remembrance Day has been commemorated on January 27 to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz death camps, and to honor the 6 million+ murdered, simply because they were Jews. Over 1 million were killed at Auschwitz alone.
As we approach that day, what can we do? Great question. Here are some suggestions:
- Learn. Spend some time reading, watching and studying about the Holocaust. Learn about those who lost their lives, those who survived, and those who helped Jewish people survive. (Yad Vashem has extraordinary resources.)
- Pray. Life is sliding by for Holocaust survivors, and some who remain are living in poverty. Others deal with flashbacks and nightmares during these waning nights of their lives. Families of survivors also struggle with ramifications suffered by their loved ones.
- Go. Not everyone can go to Israel, but if you can, carve out some time to visit and encourage Holocaust survivors. In the US, contact a local Jewish Community Center and ask how you can bless a Holocaust survivor.
- Give. There are ministries who support Holocaust survivors by providing food, warm clothing, love and care, and even a place to live. One such ministry is International Christian Embassy Jerusalem’s Haifa Home. Our tour group visited there in November and I’m not sure who received the greater blessing. Here is Mordechai’s story, and information about how to support the Haifa Home. Enjoy!