Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 76th Anniversary of the Liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp.
So today I remember. In addition to what my sister Amy mentions below, I remember the role pastors associated with the Christian faith played, complicity or explicitly, in supporting this nationalistic agenda of ethnic superiority. I remember those who attended church every Sunday with Bible in hand and grew more in love with the idolatry they called “Germany,” rooted in the false belief of God-ordained German exceptionalism.
I remember not just victims, but those who participated in the atrocity by their silence, willful blindness, timidity, or advocacy. I remember in the hope that I will learn and see.
“Today we remember the 6 million Jews and 5 million others deemed unfit (Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roma, gay men etc.) who lost their lives at the hands of the Nazi’s and their allies. We must remember these people whose only crime was being of a different religion, race, and sexual orientation. We cannot let history repeat itself. Give a moment of silence for them today.” ~ Amy Lee