It’s an especially challenging commemoration to experience virtually, rather than in person. We need to be with each other, especially with the Survivors, to fully capture the reasons we remember: not only the depths of suffering, but the tremendous courage, the resilience, the affirmation of what it means to be human when everything around you degrades and dehumanizes.
Whether in person or online, we will commemorate, we will remember, we will listen and we will teach. We must, because the Holocaust did not begin with the camps. It began with incendiary rhetoric, crude indignities, rejection of longtime neighbors, smashing of glass and denial that a civilized society could ever descend into such darkness.
Those lessons echo today, right here, right now. And long-since silenced voices must be asking, What have we learned?