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Anne Frank was 15 when she was murdered. Her wisdom, creativity, hopes, and dreams cut short. Her diary of life abruptly ended. The rest of its pages never to be filled.
Tomorrow is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. We remember the 2 million children, including 1 million Jewish children who were murdered, whose diaries, hopes and lives were abruptly ended in the Holocaust.
At this time, when anti-Semitism dares rear its vicious head across the world, we must remember.
When Jews once again cannot live openly and publicly as Jews in most of the world without fear. When synagogues across the world require armed guards to protect the congregants from attacks, we must not forget.
To properly list the intimidation that Jewish children currently face throughout the world would be impossible, so I will use France as an example. Each year, thousands of French Jews are leaving the country in fear for their lives and the lives of their children.
This is now.
In the 21st century, Jews are fleeing France.
Just this month, a Jewish girl wearing her Jewish school uniform had her face slashed with a knife, days after 2 kosher groceries were set on fire on the 3rd anniversary of the murder of 5 at Hyper Cacher, a kosher grocery in Paris. The girl is 15, the same age that Anne Frank was.
The current situation for Jews in France is sadly not unique. France is actually according to a report by the ADL less anti-Semitic than most other countries http://global100.adl.org/.
It is remarkable that this is what less anti-Semitic in 2018 means.
Remembering the Holocaust means reflection that leads to action. For each of us. To respond to all hate. To anti-Semitism. To racism. To Islamophobia. To queerphobia. To ableism. To sexism. To any form of bigotry. At a meeting with Holocaust survivors last year, a fear of the xenophobic rhetoric and action from the current administration was mentioned repeatedly. Not by me, by them.Remembering the Holocaust means following in their path. To actively stand up to the hate that allowed the Holocaust to happen. To speak out.Practically, it means that the next time someone around Says something inappropriate speak out!! 1/27/18