Yesterday, Jews around the world observed Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This annual day of remembrance designates sacred time devoted to recalling the horrors of the past as a way to shape the present and the future.
We must never forget that the atrocities of the Nazis demanded a complicit society. We must never forget that the horrors of the Holocaust were rooted in socially accepted fear, intolerance and hated. We must never forget that the human capacity for genocide is not something that is unique to the Holocaust.
It is our obligation to collectively remember what happened to us in the past and dedicate ourselves to fighting the human capacity to hate in future. “Never Again” can only be realized if the entire world is committed to overcoming the voices which perpetuate and promulgate hateful rhetoric in society at large. On this week of Yom HaShoah, let our sacred remembrance compel us to action.