Friday, January 27, 2006

Holocaust Day

Today is Holocaust Day.

January 27th marks the 61st anniversary of the liberation of the former Nazi concentration and extermination camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in 1945.
In 1933 approximately nine million Jews lived in the 21 countries of Europe that would be military occupied by Germany during the war. By 1945 two out of every three European Jews had been killed by the Nazis. 1.5 million children were murdered. This figure includes more than 1.2 million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Gypsy children and thousands of handicapped children.
BUT, today, not only should we remember the 6 million Jews that were murdered by Adolf Hitler, we should also remember all other victims of genocide. Who would have thought that after the horrors of World War II were known, Rwanda and Bosnia could still happen ...

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