Holocaust Remembrance Day

Three candlesVeronica’s comment reminded me of a post i was thinking about for a few days already and today is a particularly appropriate day to do that. Today is Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is felt much more when you are in Israel where it is institutionalized, compared to when you live abroad.

These days, when it becomes fashionable to question everything and history is many times getting twisted for political or other reasons, I think this history lesson is a very important one to remember. “Gladly”, I am old enough (cannot believe i am writing this) to remember the stories of my grandparents and their families that were brutally killed by the Nazis. However, not many had that “privilege” of hearing first hand witnesses and the web is particularly full of “not necessarily reliable” sources on this subject to say the least.

This is why i was pleasantly surprised to discover that Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust Remembrance Museum, decided to catch up with the modern media world and launched two YouTube channels. Of course, launching the channels in English and Arabic suggests and agenda, but for once i think this is an important one. You may also want to take a look at their website, which has a lot of information and links to research on the topic. This is an important history lesson that should never repeat itself.

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