International Holocaust Remembrance Day: We Must Never Forget

International Holocaust Remembrance Day: We Must Never Forget
“Before I met Renee (Firestone) I thought heroes were Batman and Spiderman but now I know what a real hero is.”
Alana K., 5th grader on meeting and hearing a survivor lecture at the Museum of Tolerance

“It is important to speak at the Museum of Tolerance because I want the world to know that it should never happen again.”
Holocaust experience: Auschwitz-Birkenau, Bergen-Belsen

“I have a great deal of satisfaction being at the Museum of Tolerance and knowing that I am of help.”
Holocaust experience: Lodz Ghetto, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Ravensbruk concentration camp, Muhlhausen labor camp, Bergen-Belsen

“The young people who come to our museum daily encourage me to tell my story of survival.”
Holocaust experience: Lodz ghetto, Trzebinia, Auschwitz-Birkenau

For close to 40 years, Holocaust survivors have shared their experiences at the Simon Wiesenthal Center and since 1993 at the Museum of Tolerance. Every day survivors speak to visitors including students, groups, educators, law enforcement, and to people around the world via videoconference.

Each story is unique – from surviving Auschwitz, the death marches, and medical experiments, to being hidden by righteous gentiles, fighting alongside the partisans and being taken out of Europe as part of the Kindertransport.

Sadly, as the number of Holocaust survivors dwindle, there has never been a more urgent time to learn the lessons of the past.

As Simon Wiesenthal said, "When my life is over, I shall meet up with those who perished, and they will ask me, 'What have you done?' At that moment, I will have the honor of telling them; I have never forgotten you."