The horrific stories of the 6 million Jews who were gassed, starved and shot point blank throughout the Holocaust are well documented. But the number of remaining survivors who can share what they witnessed firsthand is quickly dwindling. According to the Guardian, 19,800 Holocaust survivors are alive in Israel today and nearly 90 percent of them are over age 75.
On Holocaust Remembrance Day, traffic will stop as a siren rings throughout the state of Israel. Throughout the world, synagogue members will light memorial candles and children will recite poems as well as the names of those who died.
But after sundown, when Holocaust Remembrance Day concludes, the responsibility to preserve the memories of those who tragically perished and fought to live will carry on.
Consider how you will bear that responsibility by learning how you can support, and get involved with, the organizations that are committed to educating about the horrors of the Holocaust and to never allowing the world to forget.
Anne Frank was just 11 years old when she and her family went into hiding in a cramped secret annex. It was there that the precocious writer penned what would eventually become her world-famous diary. Though Anne ultimately died in Aushwitz, her words and the small house in Amersterdam where she sought refuge remain alive. Learn how you can support the Anne Frank House here.
Standing among our nation's most profound symbols of freedom, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., aims to educates its visitors about the horrors of the Holocaust and to inspire citizens and leaders to confront hatred, fight genocide and promote human dignity. Learn how you can support the museum's mission here.
Moved by his experience in making "Schindler's List," Steven Spielberg went on to found the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation. Within a few years, he gathered nearly 52,000 video testimonials from survivors and witnesses, making it the largest archive of its kind. In January 2006, Spielberg's organization joined forced with the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters and has expanded its mission to overcome prejudice, intolerance, and bigotry through visual history testimonies. Learn how you can support the organization's mission here.
Housing the largest amount of information on the Holocaust in the world, Israel's Yad Vashem museum focuses its efforts on commemoration, documentation, research and education. To help the museum continue to carry out its mission, consider making a donation here.
A global Jewish human rights organization, the Simon Wiesenthal Center teaches lessons about the Holocaust, while also challenging its visitors to confront anti-Semitism, hate, terrorism and to promote human rights. The Los Angeles- based nonprofit also has museum locations in New York and Jerusalem and its campus outreach programs targets colleges across the country. To support the Simon Wiesenthal Center, click here.