Jan. 27, 2023
Today, Friday, January 27, 2023, the ABS remembers the victims of the Holocaust and honors the survivors on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. This day commemorates the liberation by Soviet Troops of the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where Nazis carried out their "Final Solution" to annihilate the Jewish people of Europe, and honors the 6+ million Jews, Poles, Roma, LGBTQIA+ individuals, persons with disabilities, members of religious groups, and political dissidents who were murdered by Nazis during the Holocaust.
Although the Holocaust decimated an entire population of innocent people, the disturbing rise in antisemitism, Holocaust distortion and denial, xenophobia, neo-Nazism, nationalism, anti-Jewish violence, dehumanization of Jewish people, trivializing of Jewish trauma, intolerance, and off-color jokes and microaggressions directed towards Jewish people, shows that anti-Jewish sentiment and hatred have become normalized in our public discourse, often amplified in online echo chambers of hate.
"As these manifestations of hate persist and grow across our country, it's incumbent upon all of us to take a stand against hate, commit to uphold the human rights and dignity of all, and show support for our Jewish friends, colleagues, and community members," said ABS President and CEO Dr. Jo Buyske.
ABS Chief Diversity Equity and Inclusion Officer Ada Okafor added, "the antidote to all this hate is education, empathy and engagement."
Education plays a fundamental role in understanding and confronting violent pasts while at the same time developing our knowledge and values in order to prevent future atrocities.
Listening to Holocaust survivors share their lived experiences and remarkable testimonies can help us cultivate empathy and compassion so that atrocities like the Holocaust never happen again.
There are many ways to observe Holocaust Remembrance Day and engage with the Jewish Community.
At the ABS, we will gather virtually during the work day and hold a moment of silence for 6 minutes to honor the 6+ million victims murdered during the Holocaust, and to honor the survivors living in our communities.