Today We Remember The Holocaust… Never Again

By: Andrea Ryan

Today we make time to pause and remember the six million Jews who suffered untold cruelty and unimaginable horrors at the hands of those with unfettered and deeply evil power.  The Holocaust, which was the plan of the Nazi party for their “Final Solution” to exterminate the Jews, was rooted in one man’s hate-filled ideology.  Adolph Hitler, the Führer of Germany from 1934 to 1945, lead the mass slaughter of innocent human beings in his genocidal cleansing campaign to rid the world of our Jews.  One and a half million Jewish children were murdered, and approximately 2/3 of Europe’s Jews were exterminated.

Stand For Israel had this to say about this solemn day,

Today, we observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, remembering a horrific moment in history in order to ensure that it never happens again. …Stand with Jews around the world and say, “NEVER AGAIN!”

A summary of Jennifer Rosenberg’s list of Holocaust Facts we should remember…

Persecution

  • Boycott of all Jewish businesses.
  • The Nuremberg Laws stripped German Jews of their citizenship and prohibited marriages and extramarital sex between Jews and Germans.
  • Jews were prohibited from public places, like parks, fired from civil service jobs, had to register their property, and Jewish doctors could only take care of Jewish patients.
  • Synagogues and Jewish businesses were destroyed.
  • Jews had to wear a yellow Star of David on their clothing.

Ghettos

  • Nazis ordered all Jews to live in specific ghettos.
  • Nazis loaded up to 1,000 Jews per day in trains to Concentration camps.

Concentration and Extermination Camps

  • Hard physical labor, little food, and torture.
  • Nazi doctors conducted medical experiments on prisoners against their will.
  • Group exterminations in gas chambers.

But the images speak for themselves…

The starvation and torture.

The children.

The bodies murdered and dumped without dignity.

The liberation by our American soldiers.

The shoes left behind.

A wise friend once said, “You can tell the health of a nation by the way they treat their women and their Jews.”  May we never forget this awful moment in history and the tragic loss of six million innocent lives.

Update: Thank you, Redwine, for sharing your personal experience as the daughter of a Holocaust survivor…

As the daughter of a survivor of the Mauthausen labor camp, I was lucky to have my father. He lost nearly every member of his family. It took him nearly 27 years to gather the strength to tell me about his time in the camp and how he managed to survive.

The memories of those conversations always returned to me during the 2 minutes of siren and silence and throughout the day on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day) over the many years I lived in Israel.

Now, I am reminded of my father’s experience every day with the frightening rise of anti-Semitism, often disguised as “anti-Zionism”, anti-Israelism, embraced by Leftists and Muslims and conjoined in growing violence and boldness – and its support worldwide. The real face of the regime has been revealed. My greatest fear is a second term of this tyrannical regime.

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  • Taqiyyotomist

    Thank you, Andrea.

  • Truck Monkey

    The Shoah survivors are all dying off. It is important that we keep the memory of the Holocaust alive so future generations do not forget. May their memory be a blessing.

  • Patty

    Youth learn of this in History books, hopefully, not by Liberals who will change it.

    Others will NEVER forget and there were many things that torn us apart and we saw the real evil in “human beings.” Unimaginable and no comparison, deliberately, disrespect, I can go on but there still are no words for this horrible and always memorable part of history that will be REMEMBERED.

    I still cry to this day. There was greatness though, the many heroes who managed to keep the Jews safe and escape the many horrors of the Holocaust and Hilter’s wrath.

    These people were treated like firewood. May there NEVER be such inhumanity and disrespect for any human being.

  • Militant Conservative

    Those who do not learn history shall repeat it.

    Take pictures, some SOB will try to say this never happened. (Eisenhower).

  • lizzy84

    Never again..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5Llb8rPrzc

    @Taqiyyotomist/#1
    I meant to post this for you yesterday.. a source for world religion stats.
    http://www.nationmaster.com/graph/rel_chu_att-religion-church-attendance

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  • GotFreedom

    We have had the opportunity to see the Dachau camp in Germany–very humbling and sad–to learn that if someone didn’t fit into the bed because they were too tall–their legs would be broken; to walk into the showers and see the gouge marks in the brick walls where you know that someone tried to claw their way out of the room once they realized they were being gassed to death; to see the ovens where so many bodies were destroyed all under the guise of the camp’s motto, “Arbeit macht Frei”–work makes (one) free! The world must never forget!

  • Remco Kimber

    As this article is being read, Muslims are today, following Islam’s lifelong ambitions, planning for the next Holocaust which certainly will be targeting the Jews, but it will also be targeting anyone who is a kuffir, or “infidel” as defined by Muslims.

    http://www.michaeltotten.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/Be-Prepared-for-the-Real-Holocaust.jpg

    http://varifrank.com/images/GBH_src_path-thumb.jpg

  • kate

    May we never forget. We must make sure it never happens again. Obama certainly needs some instruction on it, but then, I think he has long been on the dark side. You don’t sit in a church for 20 years and not know and agree with what is being said.

  • Redwine

    Thank you, Andrea, for posting this warning from history.

    As the daughter of a survivor of the Mauthausen labor camp, I was lucky to have my father. He lost nearly every member of his family. It took him nearly 27 years to gather the strength to tell me about his time in the camp and how he managed to survive.

    The memories of those conversations always returned to me during the 2 minutes of siren and silence and throughout the day on Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Day) over the many years I lived in Israel.

    Now, I am reminded of my father’s experience every day with the frightening rise of anti-Semitism, often disguised as “anti-Zionism”, anti-Israelism, embraced by Leftists and Muslims and conjoined in growing violence and boldness – and its support worldwide. The real face of the regime has been revealed. My greatest fear is a second term of this tyrannical regime.

  • MaryW

    May we never forget!

    Stand with Israel!

  • Sasja

    “Hitler told Himmler that it was not enough for the Jews simply to die; they must die in agony. What was the best way to prolong their agony? Himmler turned the problem over to his advisers, who concluded that a slow, agonizing death could be brought about by placing Jewish prisoners in freight cars in which the floors were coated with…quicklime…which produced excruciating burns. The advisers estimated that it would take four days for the prisoners to die, and for that whole time the freight cars could be left standing on some forgotten siding…. Finally it was decided that the freight cars should be used in addition to the extermination camps.”
    —-Robert Payne, The Life and Death of Adolf Hitler

    It is estimated the Nazis murdered 15,000,000 to 31,595,000 innocents. The old and infirm, gypsy’s, homosexuals, the “feeble-minded”.

    Such evil still exists today and those of us with any breath left must make sure it does not happen again.

  • Praise

    Bless all the Communists slaughtered by the Nazis as well. Murder for your political beliefs is reprehensible.

  • Joanne

    Canadians, Americans, British, Soviets, and other allied troops liberated the concentration camps. It is also very important to remember that it was the allied troops who gave their lives fighting the Nazi Germans, especially the British who were bombed unmercifully throughout the entire war, who without them and all other, the Jews and others in concentration camps would have most certainly lost their lives. And without God Almighty, none would have been possible.

  • olm

    It is difficult to believe that ts was not that long ago, and yet, I believe, we are quite close to this again.
    It makes my heart ache.

  • MN Jim

    Muslims worked closely with Hitler’s regime and would do the same today, if they ever get a chance. Look up the Mufti of Jerusalem.

  • Nelle

    I used to wonder how such things could ever happen in a civilized nation. The last few years have shown me how it creeps up slowly, then builds speed. Reject anti-Semitic speech and actions, and all divisive hatred without hesitation. Let the would-be bullies know it’s not that easy.

  • nana

    Response to #15 comments

    you are right on the spot and they’ll still vote for Obama once again.

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  • Sasja

    Do we have any Josef Mengeles? I would dare say, yes.

    http://www.mengele.dk/

  • Sasja

    I meant to state. Do we have any potential Josef Mengeles? My answer is still, yes.

  • http://. WillofLa

    A long time ago, back in the 50’s I used to watch a program on Sunday afternoon called “The 20th Century” narrated by Walter Cronkite. It was war footage from WWII. It showed everything that had to do with the war including the concentration camps. I was only 5 then, and believed it was wrong as the program would teach that and what other horror’s Hitler did. I grew up watching war movies every chance I got to the point where I was military protgramed. I played “Army” as young as 5 and 6 all the way up until I was in high school. Before I graduated I joined the real Army and went to Southeast Asia to kill Communist. In the old Army back in the 60’s that’s what they taught individual soldiers to do and that was to kill the enemy, not like the liberalism influenced military training of “teamwork” as it is today. Our military is doing an impossible job today in training men to kill the enemy but to do it “lawfully”, and with “dignity” towards the, and the enemy is called all kinds of words these days other than the “enemy”.

    Even here in America under our open society we are not being taught who the real enemy is. And it is the Socialist/Communist Muslims that are running our government and are in charge of the national security of our nation. Muslims are and Islam IS our enemy who will kill us because the Socialist/Communists are allowing them to come here through Mexico and have been allowed to set up training camps where they are teaching Al Quaeda to kill American’s right on our own soil. The enemy are those in Washington who would let such things happen in this nation and to allow the disentigration of our military both outside the country and inside our nation where they aren’t even being allowed to protect our borders.

    The enemy isn’t always clear as Hitler was. The killing of innocents can come from watching your children suffer because our government won’t let our economy go so it can create jobs for everyone.

    The Jews who went through the hell in Germany back in the forties know what it’s like to watch a dictator take over slowly but surely like Obama and those who believe like he does are doing right now. I’m sure they see it and are horrified. It’s to bad we don’t. Every foreign person who has come to America to be free, who have come from countries where depotism reins supreme, see it coming here in America. It is up to those of us who God has given the blessing of being warrior’s to try to encourage those who don’t see the threat to open their eyes before we see concentration camps right here in America.

    And guess what? They already have them built, and ready to fill with someone, and I don’t know who it will be. Will it be Jews again? Will it be Christian’s who oppose Muslims being allowed to take over part of our government? Will it be Muslims? Who knows, but Obama and those in our government who have laid this plan to use them on us know who it will be.

  • saveus

    never forget!

    never again!

  • http://BIGGOVERNMENT.COM ponderon

    Redwine…….thank you for sharing with us ….remember you no longer stand alone, millions of christians stand with you…..never again

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  • Economan

    In the light of the fact that anti-Semitism is rearing its ugly head again all over the world.. this should be shouted from the roof tops!

  • Liz

    It’s so weird, but I really don’t understand why Farakhan and Obama and those types pick on the Jews. I just don’t understand it. Jealous of their success? Hatred of their religion? It’s not right, whatever it is.

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  • http://. WillofLa

    #29 Liz,

    The reason why they hate the Jews is because they want the Muslims on their side. And if they are going to get their support then they have to act like they hate the Jews to. If you look at Communism as a world dominant power it would have to include taking over Israel as well as the U.S.. What better way to do that than to use someone who already has the men and the material to attack Israel and break it down so that when the dust clears Israel would be easier to take over internally by putting Communist into the government by finding those inside Israel who are tired of all the fighting and would want to give in and negotiate with the Muslims. And who are in control of the Muslims? The Communists and their money. And why doesn’t the Muslims have their own money? Because of their religion prohibits Muslims from creating a prosperous society, with commerce and successful small businesses like are found world wide except in some parts of the world where poverty has always been found, and the Middle East is one of those places.

    So if you are going to war against someone and you are a poor people then it behoves you to find someone who can fund your war effort or you take the chance of running out of bullets right when you need them most.

    And who are the two countries who support those warring countries the most? Russia and China who are Communists.

    And who do Farakhan and Obama support? They support Islam and Communists, the two things that carry on war against the Jews more than anyone else in the world.

  • Carlos

    Alas, but it could all very well happen again, if not to Jews, to others. That is why, IMO, it is so vital to utilize our second amendment rights.
    If only European Jews in the 1930s had been armed…perhaps the Holocaust would still have occurred, but it might have been on a much lesser scale. The Nazis might have thought twice about going to the NEXT house or apartment, if they potentially could have been greeted by gunfire. Bullies don’t have it so easy when their potential victims are good friends of Mr. Smith and Mr. Wesson.
    With that said, I’m sitting here waiting for bammy’s second term, when the Obama/Holder NBP party tries to drag me to a FEMA re-education camp. TRIES to drag me…

  • http://. WillofLa

    You have to go way back in time to understand why Arabs hate the Jews, or the Hebrew people. And the reason why is because God told Abraham to take the children of one of his concubines, who was Arab, out to the middle of the desert and leave them there to die. And it was because God said the Arabs were a danger to the Jewish people. God’s word calls Arab people “…wild and crazy people that need to be avoided.” God knew what kind of people they were and even though Abraham is basically the father of many a Arab, they still have it in for Jews because of what Abraham did.

    But look at it this way, if Abraham and God turned their backs on Arabs in the desert, who do you think took care of them well enough so they could prosper and multiply? If it wasn’t God who else could it have been? And that is why they are so murderous and even crazier then they were originally.

  • John C

    Always remember: it wasn’t ‘peace activists’ that liberated the concentration camps…..

    …….it was the American military.

  • bg
  • Michael Collins, Esq

    I recall reading that Hitler’s rise to power came after the Weimar Republic had hyper-inflation and it took a basket of money to buy a loaf of bread. Hitler’s siren call was to blame somebody for the problem, he chose the Jews, killed and confiscated their property { sounds like re-distribution of wealth } to build his war-machine. Obama is blamming this country’s problem on the 1%, a thinly veiled threat against successful people, or something more sinister? History repeats itself, especially when history is now being rewritten in childrens’ history books. Can an Israeli speaker give a speech at Washington University in St. Louis without being interrupted or shouted down..?..I think not.
    The #Occupy movement has had several anti-semetic signs and verbal statements published here at Gateway Pundit. Is it time to connect the dots?

  • Patty

    Many Jewish people were too traumatized even to mention the Holocaust and what they had gone through, but when some of them heard people say that the holocaust never happened they overcame their traumas and told their stories, or of the stories of their families.

    http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/

    Know can imagine the atrocities, only those who were there and managed to survive.

    To think, they were so traumatized they couldn’t speak.

    Among those assisted by the Sochas were Krystyna Chiger and her family. In 2003, Krystyna Chiger (now Kristine Keren) loaned the small, handmade green sweater she wore as a child in hiding to the Museum for its special exhibition Life in Shadows: Hidden Children and the Holocaust. She later donated it to the Museum.

    Watch the video above to learn more about the sweater and the Chigers’ time in hiding by listening to Susan Snyder, a Museum curator, discuss the Museum’s acquisition of this artifact and efforts to preserve it.

    http://act.ushmm.org/page/s/indarkness
    _________________________
    Thank you for sharing Redwine.

  • Joe College

    Anyone interested should read ‘Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin’ by Timothy D. Snyder.

  • Monkey Wrench

    #27 and #29

    I wonder why the Jews are overwelmingly Democrats?

    If you look at the current Congress you find almost all the Jewish members are Democrats. In the Senate there are 13 Jews, 11 are Democrats and 2 are Independents. In the House there are 27 Jews, 26 are Democrats and 1 is a Republican? Eric Cantor is the lone Jewish Republican member of Congress.

  • tommy mc donnell

    never again…a nice sentiment but how many holocausts have muslims committed since world war II. by the way hitler got his ideas for the jewish holocaust from the genocide the muslim turks committed againist the christian armenians.

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  • kathteach

    Never agin – to be sure. And yet – since 1996 – when the horrific Rwandan Genocide spilled into the Democratic Republic of Vongo (DRC) – over 5 million souls have been killed or perished due to the chaos of ethnic cleansing, chaos and greed for their rich resources.

    The Congo is the richest nation on earth when it comes to the resources we need (back in colonial days it was rubber and ivory – during WWII it was nuclear material and today it is rare earth minerals like coltan and tantalum needed to make our cell phones and computers – and pacemakers – and airplanes – and so many other electronic things – work.

    Yet it is considered by many to be the greatest failed state of all states – the lowest on many scales of wealth and health.

    Never again? Seems like it still happens only……we don’t hear so much about certain ones that are still happening, do we?

    Thanks George Clooney for helping us remember what is going on TODAY in Sudan.

    http://www.genocideintervention.net/educate/crisis/democratic_republic_of_congo

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  • judy

    Thank you for this post. As a daughter of 2 Holocaust survivors, I was brought up with the belief that not only “can” it happen again, it “will” happen again if the world allows it. I was brought up on the stories of the camps, the lack of food, the lack of shoes, the freezing cold, the Death March, and my father walking through the gates of Auschwitz, past the orchestra playing music every day to go to the coal mines, where the Jews were the canaries. He was not afraid to tell us, and we heard his screams every night when he had his nightmares. He still does.

    My teenage daughter knows how to use a .45, a .38, a .22, and how to hit someone where it hurts. Never again only works when you have the ability to change things. ABO 2012.

    THANK YOU

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  • http://www.southernwolf.net S. Wolf

    Abraham to Gd: Do not kill them all.

    Hitler to world: Kill all of Abraham’s descendants.

    And that is still the goal of the Sodom and Gomorrah world.

  • Obamas regulation destroy jobs

    He lets in thousands of Syrians Islamist everyday….he is building his brotherhood empire within and getting control…4 more years…you can kiss religion good bye..hello sharia
    law…

  • David

    Left wingers need to get into their libtarded heads – This could easily happen again

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  • bg

    ++

    April 19, 2012

    On Yom HaShoah AIFD remembers the Holocaust

    [“Yom HaShoah serves as a profound reminder for all of us of the
    devastation inflicted on the Jewish people in the Holocaust. It is a
    commemoration of the over six million Jews who perished in the
    Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany
    and its accessories. It ensures that we will never forget. It
    commemorates the Jewish resistance in that period, and all of
    those that fought to ultimately defeat Nazism.

    At AIFD, as Muslims we lift up the example of the Albanian Muslims
    featured in the Yad Vashem exhibit Besa: A Code of Honour who
    under Nazi occupation risked their own lives and defied orders by
    sheltering Jews. The exhibit features, for example, Albanian Muslim
    brothers Hamid and Xhemal Veseli who helped protect their Jewish
    brethren.

    Yom HaShoah is an opportunity to renew our commitment to each other
    and to renew our vigilance to protect the sanctity of religious freedom
    for each and every one of us. As we witness the inhuman atrocities
    being perpetrated in Syria, the Sudan, and in regions all over the world,
    we must remember that the evil that led to the Holocaust can only be
    kept at bay by our commitment to and our unwavering defense of humanity
    against evil in all of its forms. The recent massacre at the Ozar Hatorah
    school in Toulouse, France is a stark reminder that the Jewish people are
    still one of the primary targets of Islamist radicalism.

    At the American Islamic Forum for Democracy we mark Yom HaShoah
    with a solemn prayer for those lost and our collective strength to make
    sure that the Holocaust is never repeated.”
    ]

    ==

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  • Babsy

    #42: She should also be *proficient* with .308 and .223.

  • Vixen

    @Redwine:
    I am a Gentile Christian and very pro-Israel. I’ve made note of your comments here and at other blogs I visit– they’re always a worthwhile read. Now I understand.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story, and grateful that your father survived the horror of Mauthausen. I viewed a vid a few minutes ago of the 2 minute silence observed in Israel. The tears flowed. Cannot imagine the loss of so many family members as you’ve experienced and I, as well as others, share your concern about the tyrannical regime.
    Blessings to you, daughter of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

  • Mike Bell

    Never again? As I look at the shape the world is in today, I an say that I have never felt in my life (50 years) that we are closer to another holocaust. Anti-semitism is on the rise. Blaming and scapegoating Jews has become acceptable. Global depression -> it’s the Jews’ fault.

  • Bobby99

    And the rich successful Jews in America will stupidly vote for Obama, who will do the same as Hitler did, if he becomes President for life.

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  • fatcells

    Please describe a criticism of Israel that does not qualify as “antisemitic”.

    You are probably having difficulty with this because you are shills for an apartheid regime.

  • Mo

    My father was liberated by the British from Bergen Belsen. He only told me about his experiences…and only a few of them…literally twice before he died. He was glad others could write or talk of it, but he could not himself. He did write a few words that my mother and I found only recently, that he had been shot by German guards and had also been a slave laborer in Dora-Nordhausen, another concentration camp. My grandparents, his grandparents, were murdered in Auschwitz. They were Hungarian Jews, not taken to the camps until 1944, and my dad was young enough to become a slave and thus survive.

    Thank you Jim for putting up this reminder of Yom Hashoa.

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  • Vixen

    @fatcells:
    Oh, YAWN. Your stupid comment proves YOU’RE the shill. I bet you’re a Holocaust denier, too. Get your fat cells back to Daily Kos, Media Matters, Huff and Puff Po, Sojourners, or wherever the hell you came from, jackass.

  • bg

    ++

    fatcells #55 April 19, 2012 at 11:43 pm

    not that you’ll pay the facts any attention, but there you go anyways..

    The world’s collective amnesia

    [“The fact that there are these refugees is the direct consequence of
    the act of the Arab states in opposing partition and the Jewish state.
    The Arab states agree upon this policy unanimously and they must
    share in the solution of the problem.”

    – Emile Ghoury, secretary of the Palestinian Arab Higher Committee,
    in an interview with the Beirut Telegraph Sept. 6, 1948.

    “The Arab state which had encouraged the Palestine Arabs to leave
    their homes temporarily in order to be out of the way of the Arab
    invasion armies, have failed to keep their promise to help these
    refugees.”

    – The Jordanian daily newspaper Falastin, Feb. 19, 1949.

    “Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now
    from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders, who
    have neither honor nor conscience? Who brought them over in dire
    straits and penniless, after they lost their honor? The Arab states,
    and Lebanon amongst them, did it.”

    – The Beirut Muslim weekly Kul-Shay, Aug. 19, 1951.

    “For the flight and fall of the other villages it is our leaders who are
    responsible because of their dissemination of rumors exaggerating
    Jewish crimes and describing them as atrocities in order to inflame
    the Arabs … By spreading rumors of Jewish atrocities, killings of
    women and children etc., they instilled fear and terror in the hearts
    of the Arabs in Palestine, until they fled leaving their homes and
    properties to the enemy.”

    – The Jordanian daily newspaper Al Urdun, April 9, 1953.

    “The 15th May, 1948, arrived … On that day the mufti of Jerusalem
    appealed to the Arabs of Palestine to leave the country, because the
    Arab armies were about to enter and fight in their stead.”

    – The Cairo daily Akhbar el Yom, Oct. 12, 1963.]

    The Six-Day War

    What Really Happened In The Middle East

    Hitler, The Mufti Of Jerusalem And Modern Islamo Nazism

    THE ELEVENTH POINT OF DEPARTURE

    ==

  • http://www.facebook.com/jacobs.courage Charles S. Weinblatt

    Since the Holocaust, we have seen genocide in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and now Darfur and other parts of Africa. Humanity has learned nothing of tolerance. We continue to persecute, expel and murder those who look, speak or pray differntly. Thankfully, Israel exists as a safe place for persecuted Jews. But what will happen to the other victims, particularly in Africa? And when will we learn to value diversity?

    Charles S. Weinblatt
    Author, Jacob’s Courage
    http://jacobscourage.wordpress.com