Holo­caust re­mem­bered

The Star Early Edition - - NEWS - ILANIT CH­ER­NICK

A GLOBAL ini­tia­tive to mark In­ter­na­tional Holo­caust Re­mem­brance Day to­day has gone vi­ral across so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

The #WeRe­mem­ber cam­paign was launched two weeks ago by the World Jewish Congress (WJC) for the com­mem­o­ra­tion, which is marked each year on Jan­uary 27, the an­niver­sary of the lib­er­a­tion of Auschwitz.

Nearly half a mil­lion peo­ple have up­loaded their pictures on to Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram us­ing the hash­tag #WeRe­mem­ber from coun­tries across the globe. Peo­ple from all faiths and back­grounds in­clud­ing South Africa, Colom­bia, Rus­sia, France, Uruguay and Kyr­gyzs­tan have taken on the chal­lenge.

To launch the cam­paign, WJC gath­ered to­gether a group of nine Holo­caust sur­vivors and used a video to ex­plain the im­por­tance of tak­ing part in this project and re­mind­ing the world that such atroc­i­ties should never hap­pen again.

In to­tal, 11 mil­lion peo­ple were killed dur­ing the Holo­caust 1.1 mil­lion of them chil­dren. Six mil­lion of those vic­tims were Jewish. Other groups tar­geted by the Nazis were Je­ho­vah’s Wit­nesses, ho­mo­sex­u­als, dis­abled peo­ple, and Roma peo­ple.

Two-thirds of the Jewish peo­ple liv­ing in Europe at the time of World War II were killed by the Nazis.

“In 2017, we must re­mem­ber the Holo­caust be­cause anti-Semitism is on the rise again across the globe, the sur­vivors among us are dwin­dling, Holo­caust de­niers are re­lent­less, geno­cides still oc­curs world­wide – never again seems to hap­pen again and again in Bos­nia, Dar­fur, Rwanda,” AJC said.

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