International Holocaust Remembrance Day happens each January to pay tribute to the memory of Holocaust victims. Over this last year, we have seen a rise in targeted racist attacks around the world, and the increasing importance of education on hate crimes like the Holocaust.
Did You Know?
- During the six years of World War II, over 6 million European Jews from across the continent were persecuted;
- German Jews were seen as an undesirable group of German society, because they were falsely claimed to have betrayed Germany in World War I and were believed to be responsible for German’s economic misery during the depression of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s;
- The Nuremberg Laws is the name given to two laws enacted in Nazi Germany in September 1935 that established a basis for racial identification and prompted a fresh wave of spontaneous bans on Jewish participation in German life.
More of these facts on the Holocaust can be found here.
Listen to Eliezer Eizenschmidt’s story, and how he was the only member of his family to survive Auschwitz, a network of concentration and extermination camps constructed in Poland. Click here for the video.