Camden, N.J. — So many of us are focused on numbers these days as we follow daily updates while doing our part to stay healthy, keep our neighbors healthy, and look forward to a return to normal life. This day, however, please also take a moment to remember another number: the millions of lives extinguished during the Holocaust. Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. It has also been commemorated by Congress as one of the Days of Remembrance.
“While we all prefer to commemorate and celebrate triumphant and happy occasions, turning our attention, if even for just a brief few moments, towards past failures to observe, speak out, and protect one another from acts of prejudice, intolerance, and violence, can help prevent atrocities large and small in the future,” said Acting Camden County Prosecutor Jill S. Mayer. “We lost millions of lives, millions of voices, and millions of dreams during the Holocaust. We look back on those now, so we can look forward to millions of acts of kindness and hope for tomorrow.”
Due to the restrictions on gatherings during the pandemic, events normally organized for this day can’t take place, but this powerful video from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum can allow us to join and remember what should never be forgotten.