Auschwitz Survivors Commemorate 75-Year Anniversary of Liberation

January 27, 1945. The date Auschwitz was liberated. Seventy-five years later 200 survivors returned to commemorate that liberation … and to remind the world never to forget. Benjamin Lesser, a 92-year-old Polish-born Jew whose family was sent to Auschwitz in 1944 said, “I have returned so that I don’t forget any of the details of what happened to me, so I can keep the memories alive, and stop the world from acquiring amnesia.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Ahead of the event, Ronald Lauder, president of the World Jewish Congress, accused world leaders of spending too much time talking about the dangers of antisemitism and not enough time doing something about it. “The writer and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel said that the opposite of love is not hate, it’s indifference. And what I’ve seen more and more is governments talking about it, but there seems to be a lack of action,” said Lauder. He further warned, “What we’re seeing is the same drip, drip method used in the 1930s and 40s to whip up hatred. Eventually, with this growth of antisemitism, there will be another maybe not Hitler but another leader like him, and we must do something now to stop that.” Reported by The Guardian. Read more…

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin delivered a speech in Berlin to mark the anniversary. Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined him, warning members of Germany’s parliament that “The evil spirits of the past are reappearing today under a new guise. More still, they are presenting their ethno-nationalist, authoritarian thinking as a vision, as a better answer to the questions of our time.” Rivlin echoed Steinmeier’s sentiments, saying “Ugly and extreme anti-Semitism is hovering over the whole of Europe.” He thanked Germany for its support, saying, “German citizens and their leaders continue to repel hatred. May they continue to be a model of historic commitment to responsibility, moderation and tolerance.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…