Auschwitz survivors mark Holocaust Day online amid pandemic

Ruben Fields
January 27, 2021

To remember is a condition for a better future of peace and fraternity, ' he said.

A "Stand Up to Racism" group have launched an online event to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2021.

"I tell you: you lost your fight 76 years ago", Knobloch said.

"I call on you: take care of our country", she said, describing right-wing extremism as "the greatest danger for all" in Germany.

Lasker-Wallfisch said that once she and her sister were liberated from the camps, they "naively" hoped that sharing their experiences would help put an end to "senseless murder". "And now, we even have to witness attempts to discredit what was happening in places like Auschwitz and so many others", she said.

I urge you all, in memory of the Holocaust, subsequent genocides, and for those now suffering around the world, to speak out against those who seek to divide us, those who flout human rights and challenge the hateful rhetoric you may see and hear.

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US President Joe Biden also marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day, saying the world "must never forget the truth of what happened across Europe". When we see acts of anti-Semitism, intolerance, hatred, or discrimination towards others, we must stand up and declare without hesitation that it has no place in our society.

The memorial has been closed to the pubic for months due to the pandemic.

Knobloch fought back tears as she recounted the terror of the Nazis' rise and the deportation of her grandmother, Albertine Neuland, to the Theresienstadt concentration camp where she starved to death in 1944.

Eight decades after the Holocaust began, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will host a ceremony on January 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, to convey the urgent responsibility to protect the lessons and legacy of Holocaust history and to defend the truth.

The online nature of this year's commemorations is a sharp contrast to how Friedman spent the 75th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation last year, when she gathered under a huge tent with other survivors and dozens of European leaders at the site of the former camp. The majority who were killed were Jewish, but Poles, Roma and Sinti, Soviet prisoners of war, and gay people were murdered in the camp as well.

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