New Yorkers observe Holocaust Remembrance Day at Museum of Jewish Heritage
Jan. 27 marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and many New Yorkers observed this day by attending the Museum of Jewish Heritage.
On this day 78 years ago, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the deadliest Nazi-run concentration camp, was liberated. Since 2005, the United Nations has recognized this day as International Holocaust Remembrance Day as a way to commemorate and honor the six million Jewish people murdered and the millions more who fell victim to Naziism.
“My father was a Holocaust survivor who escaped from the ghetto in what was then Poland,” said Jack Kliger, president and CEO of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. “He once said ‘you know jack, you have a responsibility. You not only have the honor of being a child of survivors, but a responsibility... I want to know that your grandchildren's grandchildren will know this story’."
The exhibit 'The Holocaust: What Hate Can Do' is a reminder that hate not only lives in the past but continues through generations as we learn how to combat it.
Seventy-eight years have passed since the Holocaust, but on Holocaust Remembrance Day, we take the time to recognize that antisemitism is still alive. Kliger wants people to know that we can overcome this and other forms of hate by educating children and the future generations.