We are all familar with the adage that Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Today, January 27, is Holocaust Remembrance Day. On January 27 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7000 survivors, who were mostly ill and dying. As every year, 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 families. Today is a challenge to all of us to learn from the past. To learn where racism and hatred inevitably lead if left unchecked.