January 27th marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
Seeing as January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, many world leaders are doing their part in honoring and commemorating the tragic event which began over eighty years ago.
Officials from such countries as the U.S., Canada and Israel are among those remembering the Holocaust.
Joel C. Rosenberg, a New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including seven novels as well as five works of nonfiction, makes a good point on his official Flash Traffic blog regarding this year’s particular importance of commemorating the Holocaust.
“This is going to be a very important year in Holocaust education, with notable anniversaries of major events, including D-Day and the 70th anniversary of the escape of several actual heroes from Auschwitz, which inspired [my new] novel,” said Rosenberg in a January 21 post.
Rosenberg too is taking part in remembrance through his new novel, The Auschwitz Escape, which is set to be released on March 18. The book, which is his first piece of historical fiction, is based off of two true stories from the era: one involving a group of German Jews and the other involving a group of pastors of the Protestant Christian faith, according to his blog. Both groups worked to rescue Jews from the terrifying circumstances around them.
Rosenberg also mentioned in his blog numerous ways to show support and to commemorate the Holocaust, ranging anywhere from visiting the U.S. Holocaust Museum in D.C. to watching movies and reading books on the topic to praying for survivors of the tragic event.
The International Holocaust Remembrance Day has come at a key time.
“Today we face an alarming rise in Holocaust denial and antisemitism—even in the very lands where the Holocaust happened—as well as genocide and threats of genocide in other parts of the world,” says the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum website.
“As more time goes by, fewer and fewer people have really learned much about the Holocaust. We are in danger of forgetting history and its lessons,” said Rosenberg in his blog.
Let this Remembrance Day serve to honor the past and to prevent a repeat of history.by
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