Tomorrow May 1st, is Yom Hashoa, Holocaust Remembrance Day. This internationally recognized date comes from the Hebrew calendar and corresponds to the 27th day of Nisan on that calendar. It marks the anniversary of the uprising in the Warsaw ghetto.
Even though in 2005 the U.N. General Assembly created January 27th as Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day the allies liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, most of the world celebrates the 27th of Nisan as the true day of remembrance.
During that terrible time the Nazi war machine executed over 15 million civilians from the late 1930’s till the end of the war.
- Jews- 5.9 million
- Soviet POW’s- 3.3 million
- Non-Jewish Poles- 1.8-2 million
- Romanis (‘gypsies’)- 220,000- 270,000 (but even the higher figure may be too low)
- Disabled- 200,000 – 250,000
- Homosexuals- 5,000 – 15,000
- Jehovahs Witnesses- 2,500 – 5,000
Those 5.9 million Jews made up over 2/3rds of the Jewish population in Europe and about one quarter of that number were children. Most of you out there know the story, most of you out there have heard or read about the horrors all these people went through. As I’ve said before my Mother-in-Laws family was eliminated by the Nazi’s. She and her sister were the only ones of a family of 10 who survived the camps. To this day she will still not talk about it and I never ask. Below are a series of pictures that can explain the horror better than I ever could.
So tomorrow please take a moment to think of all of those that died at the hands of tyrannical dictators back then…and now.