January 27, 1945 Auschwitz was liberated. Behind the sign that said Arbeit Macht Frei a great horror was exposed. The terror of the Holocaust had come to light when the Allies marched in. There they saw the dead, the tortured, and the starving all thankful that they were free. They encountered a great tragedy that has many people saying “Never Again.”
Sadly, there are many people who question whether the Holocaust ever happened. They go as far as to create fake facts. They torture those who had survived. They dishonor the memories of those who were mercilessly murdered. The sad thing is there are many people who deny the Holocaust.
The Holocaust DID happen. There are those who say it did not. Dwight D. Eisenhower, then Supreme Commander of the Allied Army and future U.S. President, knew there were those who would try to say what happened didn’t. That is why he ordered there be photos taken of the horrors inside Auschwitz and concentration camps around. Eisenhower knew that there were going to be those who never listened. He wanted proof to show the world that what happened at Auschwitz was a tragedy.
Today is a day for reflection as the remaining Holocaust survivors return to Auschwitz. A horrific place where they suffered they returned to tell their story. Please listen to these survivors of the Holocaust. Their story is important as there are those who poison history by denying one of the greatest genocides happened.
Please listen to them as they are telling you part of their lives were stolen because of who they are. Please listen to them! One day there will be a day where no Holocaust survivors walk into Auschwitz as they will have passed on. Please listen to their stories. Please remember those who were taken to Auschwitz and never left because they perished before liberation. Please remember and honor them all on Holocaust Memorial day because the only way to prevent a horrific genocide like the Holocaust is to listen to those who lived.