Holocaust Remembrance Day

Today, Tuesday April 21, 2009, is Holocaust Remembrance Day when we remember the 6 million Jews slaughtered by the Nazi Regime under Hitler during World War II.

In Washington, D.C., today, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will read aloud the names of the victims, and President Barack Obama will speak at the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, April 23,  joined by Elie Wiesel, and recognize five Polish citizens who rescued Jews during the Holocaust.

Check out this Baltimore Sun Read Street Blog posting, here, about books to consider this Holocaust Remembrance Day.

To honor Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum and research center will publish research regarding the killing fields across the former Soviet Union on its Web site.  The research–“The Untold Stories”–is ongoing and seeks to uncover the stories about the 1.5 million Jews that were killed there beginning in June 1941.  David Bankier, head of Yad Vashem’s International Institute for Holocaust Research, says, “This provides material for research on genocide elsewhere, like in Africa.”  Check out the rest of this story on the New York Times Web site, here.

On April 20, the Simon Wiesenthal Center issued a status report on investigations and prosecutions of Nazi war criminals.  This comes as the United States continues its efforts to deport John Demjanjuk, an 89-year-old man residing in Cleveland, Ohio, who denies ties to the Polish death camp Sobibor.

Today is a day to pause and remember those whose lives ended too soon at the hands of evil men.  It’s a time to reflect on the lessons we have learned and still need to learn as a human race.

7 Comments

  1. That Simon Wiesenthal is one fellow to admire. HIs tenacity in chasing down the war criminals was just like a dog with a bone. I loved the documentary on him. Strangely, I finished Night by Elie Wiesel today. I didn’t know how serendipitous that would be!

  2. What a wonderful compilation of history and information. (BTW – I didn’t know about this blog.) 🙂

    Karen

  3. Now you know. Its a year long challenge for reading WWII books. We have a bunch of participants…feel free to join up. Next year will be a different war. Thanks for stopping by.

  4. That is serendipitous Sandy!

  5. This is a much better post than the one that I did. great job and I’m looking forward to read all those other articles.

  6. Kris: We’re happy to provide links to news stories and other items that related to WWII and the Holocaust. We want our readers to have as much information as possible on this site. Thanks for checking this one out.

  7. […] when we take time to remember the 6 million Jews killed during World War II. Serena and I wrote up a post on War Through the Generations about some of the events taking place today to honor the memories of […]


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