Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Soviet Army and honors the memory of the six million Jews and millions of others murdered by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.
The Holocaust was a significant historical event that not only shaped the world today, but informs decisions about how we treat one another whether in school halls or within the walls of the United Nations. Study and remembrance encourage reflection of what and who was lost. They also inspire action toward making the world a place not necessarily “good,” but better than we found it.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we mourn those who perished and suffered during the Holocaust, but also all those presently beset by suffering, particularly that caused by human action or indifference. In our small way, this is what our museum and educational center strives to do: to teach the history and lessons of the Holocaust to change the future for the better.
The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County is the pre-eminent Holocaust and tolerance resource on Long Island. www.holocaust-nassau.org