International Holocaust Remembrance Day commemorates the victims of the Holocaust during World War II, which resulted in the murder of one third of the Jewish people, along with countless members of other minorities between 1933 and 1945 by Nazi Germany and its collaborators. January 27th was chosen to commemorate the date when the Auschwitz concentration camp was liberated in 1945. To learn more, below are just some of the resources available to you from Marin County Free Library.
“We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must—at that moment—become the center of the universe.”
-Elie Wiesel in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech on Dec. 10, 1986.