Senator Boxer on Holocaust Rememberance Day 2004
In 1980, Congress created the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and established Holocaust Remembrance Day to educate Americans about the history of the Holocaust and commemorate its victims. The observance is held on the date corresponding to the 27th day of Nissan on the Hebrew calendar, which is known as Yom Hashoah. This year, Holocaust Remembrance Day is April 18th. It is essential that all free people remember and understand the Holocaust, the systematic destruction of 6 million European Jews by the Nazis before and during World War II. For it is only through remembrance – by speaking the unspeakable, by telling the story of the Holocaust to our children, to our grandchildren, and to the world – that we can prevent future holocausts. The children of my generation heard the story firsthand from the survivors. Around my kitchen table, I heard about Anne Frank and cried for her stolen youth and her stolen life.
Now, six decades after the unspeakable Holocaust, we must work doubly hard to keep its history clear and alive in the world’s memory. Several outstanding organizations are working to educate the world about this dark hour in history: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in ‘Vashington, DC has been mandated by Congress to lead the nation’s Days of Remembrance. Details about this year’s observances can be found online at https://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/ or through the Holocaust Memorial Museum’s main website at http.www.ushmm.org/
In Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Museum of Tolerance focuses on two themes: the dynamics of racism and prejudice and the history of the Holocaust. To find out more about this vibrant learning center, visit its website at https://www.museumoftolerance.com Over the past ten years, the Survivors of Shoah Visual History Foundation has videotaped the testimonies of more than 50,000 Holocaust survivors and witnesses in 56 countries. The Foundation is now using this unique record to educate young people about the history of the Holocaust and the dangers of intolerance. More information can be found on the Foundation’s website at http//www.vhf.org/