Today is international Holocaust Remembrance Day … the 76th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz. We must remember.

We must remember the horrors that happened when good people did not believe what was happening.

We must remember the hatred and lust for power which resulted in intimidation, violence, corruption, racism, religious intolerance.

We must remember the words of Martin Niemöller
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Socialist. Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out because I was not a Trade Unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak for me.”

And we must recognize what is happening today, for it is happening. If Niemöller’s words are not remembered … if history is not remembered, … if action is not taken … if people do not speak up – there will be no one left to speak. We must remember.

I don’t know who said/wrote these words but …
“It didn’t start with gas chambers. It started with politicians dividing the people with ‘us vs them’. It started with intolerance and hate speech, and when people stopped caring, became desensitized and turned a blind eye.”

And for those who claim that the Holocaust did not happen, perhaps this time line will dissuade them from such false belief:

We must become educated about the horrors of the past.
We must do our part in speaking up – speaking out.
We must remember.

© June Maffin