When then-General Dwight Eisenhower entered Germany in 1945, he and his troops were horrified to realize the rumors were true. Standing in front of the tragedy that took millions of innocent lives, he described: “I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency.”
He then said he felt it was his duty to testify and make sure he leaves no room for “cynical doubt.” He documented every aspect of how this unjustifiable hatred had wreaked havoc across Germany and its occupied territories.
However, almost 78 years later, we see a rise in anti-semitism and denials of the Holocaust and constant attempts to wipe Israel off the map.
It begs the question: how do we remember one of the worst tragedies ever to occur on the surface of the Earth? What steps do we take to ensure what General Eisenhower encountered in 1945 is never seen again?
International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a start. Today, we remember the innocent lives lost to unjustifiable hatred. Today and everyday, I will continue to stand for Israel and to fight anti-semitism in all forms.