Many events have occurred in the history of mankind that are too horrible to be believed, but not too horrible to have happened. And “The Holocaust” is one such event- it is beyond vocabulary. This inhumane act is inexplicable by words. Though words may ease the pain, however they may also dwarf this catastrophe. For the Holocaust, a war against the Jews, Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel has correctly put it, “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims”.
As per the statistics, nearly six million Jews were murdered in those fateful events. But six million is not a matter of statistics only, because for each person there was an identity attached to it. And with that were related the family members. There were many Jews who were left with no family, and family with no members. We should remember it, not because it is a part of history, but it is a contemporary issue as it demonstrates the spirit in which genocide can take place. Holocaust stretches beyond the inception of antisemitism; the Nazis showed the amplified bitter results later on. Thus, the unchallenged and socially acceptable trends of society can evolve into something that is far more threatening for humans. We should not take it as a brutal murder of six million Jews, but as six million murders of humans, and thus remembering them is honouring them.
With the passage of time misconception may creep in. Of all the Jews murdered, half of them died of starvation, illness or were shot and remaining in extermination camps. Remembering them will outcast any chance of misconception that all were victims of extermination camps. It was not a result of death factory alone, but because of the ideology of hate, demonstrating the catastrophic impact of racism. Thus, the Holocaust didn’t begin in the gas chambers, but began with an ideology of hate and succeeded because of the conspiracies of silence. Indifference and inaction acted as catalyst in it. These come on the side of victimizer, always. Remembering the Holocaust teaches us these lessons. The atrocities and murders that were laid during that period is not only a blot, but also a question for mankind that tries to find the definition of humanity in that period. Why the world did not try to stop it? How could anyone let this happen?
Remembering the Holocaust is a commitment to honour those who stood against it, to reflect light on the still concealed shadows of it, thus nurturing the better future amidst the soil of a horrible past. A society can be tested very simply- how the vulnerable and powerless is treated in it. Holocaust teaches a lesson that values do not sustain automatically; they need to be nurtured and protected. It develops the awareness about acceptance of diversity in a society, the danger of remaining apathetic to others and how the abuse of power can lead to catastrophic results. [488 Words]