International Holocaust Remembrance Day has never been more relevant | Guest Opinion

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As we commemorate Jan. 27, International Holocaust Remembrance Day — designated by the United Nations General Assembly as the Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center continues to remember the Shoah by preserving, protecting and perpetuating the authentic memory, history and lessons, for the future of our children and grandchildren.

This day marks 78 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, and we find that Holocaust Remembrance Day has become more relevant than ever.

It has become more than a symbolic gesture, more than a day of observance or a community commemoration. It has become a universal educational, interdisciplinary, conscience-provoking and morally challenging imperative to remember.

Survivors kept their promise to stand up and speak out, and we have the responsibility to promise to do no less, because as they have taught us “as long as there is someone to tell the story, there is life, and as long as there is someone to listen, there is hope”.

Rositta E. Kenigsberg is president of the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center, Inc., in Dania Beach.