Holocaust Remembrance Day

By: McKenzie Martin Email
By: McKenzie Martin Email

It's been more than 60 years since the Holocaust. To the few survivors left it remains real and ever present, but for others it may seem like ancient history.

In America Holocaust remembrance day technically begins Sunday night at sundown, but in Israel, the Jewish community has already taken time out to remember and its remembering that one Colorado Springs man, who is a native of Israel says is the most important thing our world can do.

A day to remember those who suffered, those who fought and those that died in the horrific events of the Holocaust that claimed the lives of an estimated 6 million Jews.

"It's a serious day to really concentrate and think about what happened," said Kobi Chumash, CC Professor and a Native Israeli.

Chumash says he grew up hearing stories from his grandmother, she escaped the concentration camps but many of her family members weren't as lucky.

"She would always tell us stories about the family and those we lost," He said.

And for Kobi, it's the future that he's worried about and the fact that one-day there will be no more survivors.

"The youngest was 75, the oldest 82 and were losing them and they are the last witnesses to what really happened," said Chumash.

Kobi says we must fight ignorance with education to insure that something so horrific never ever happens again.

"It's not just about the Jewish people, it's about what’s going on in the world today. We must remember, always remember what happened not so long ago,” He said.

Holocaust Remembrance Day lasts from sundown Sunday to sundown Monday. In Israel, bars, clubs and other entertainment venues close and holocaust programming fills the airwaves. Sirens also sound throughout the country for two minutes, marking a nationwide moment of silence for all the Jews killed by the Nazis.

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