Today, January 27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. Seventy-two years ago on this day the Soviet army liberated Auschwitz. Many survivors of the camp will visit there, lighting candles and praying, or otherwise paying homage to those executed by the Nazis.
The day is an important one for all of us to mark, not just those liberated from the camps and their familes. As German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier observed, noting the political instability that exists today, “history should be a lesson, warning and incentive all at the same time. There can and should be no end to remembrance.”
Today is a challenge to all of us to learn from the past. To learn where racism and hatred inevitably lead if left unchecked.