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Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. According to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum:
"On November 1, 2005, the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 60/7 to designate January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD). The date marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and is meant to honor the victims of Nazism. The same resolution supports the development of educational programs to remember the Holocaust and to prevent further genocide.
The purpose of International Holocaust Remembrance Day is two-fold: to serve as a date for official commemoration of the victims of the Nazi regime and to promote Holocaust education throughout the world."
The purpose is to promote education. Yet, over the past 20 years, commoration has become more focused on equity than remembrance or historical education. Maybe this is due to the US federal government siding with literal Nazis in the Ukraine conflict. The UN is the entity that sets these themes. For example:
"The theme of 2021 centered on recovery and reconstitution. It examined the aftermath of the Holocaust, as well as ongoing efforts to address antisemitism, disinformation, and hate speech...The 2022 theme was 'Memory, Dignity, and Justice.' It explored how preserving the historical record and challenging distortion are elements of claiming justice."
That's a stunning statement given how much rewriting of history was done in 2022.
"The theme of 2023 is 'Home and Belonging.' It reflects on what these concepts meant to persecuted individuals during the Holocaust and in its aftermath."
Remembering means grieving the millions of victims of the Nazi Party's totalitarian government system -- a system in which the government, corporations and non-government entities decieved and then enslaved an entire population due to a fabricated narrative propagated by state media. Remembering means never forgetting.
We all said we'd never forget.
Please observe a moment of silence today for the victims of Nazi totalitarianism and meditate on what it means to "never forget."
Remember Your Oath.