Honor Holocaust Remembrance Day With 5 Moving Quotes From Survivors

Holocaust Memorial Candle for 'International Holocaust Remembrance Day'Back in 2008, I traveled to Israel on Birthright. I feel like the afternoon I visited Yad VaShem, Israel's official memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust, was just yesterday. From the display featuring thousands of shoes belonging to those who perished at Auschwitz concentration camp to the children's memorial featuring hundreds of candles honoring the 1.5 million children who lost their lives -- what I saw that day left me speechless and feeling lucky to live freely here in America.

Today, I remember my experience there as the world commemorates International Holocaust Remembrance Day. In honor of today's holiday, take a look at these 5 inspiring quotes from Holocaust survivors:

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Alberto Israel, survivor of Auschwitz:

We have to remember, always, but it's never easy.

Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz, Buna, and Buchenwald:

I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.

Eva Galler, escaped from the death train:

Today I see that when there is a disaster, they send people to a psychiatrist or a psychologist. We had to work out our own problems. As parents we were overprotective to our children. My eldest daughter was accepted at an Ivy League college, but I was afraid to let her go away from home to school. We were afraid to let our children know too much about our past.

Leslie Meisels, survivor of Aschwitz, Theresienstadt, and Bergen Belsen:

Hatred is something we must fight against. 

Joseph Sher, survivor of labor camp Cieszanow:

Some mornings I wake up and I am so worn out I cannot go to work. I am free but I am still in the concentration camp. You go through it again and again. Whenever I hear singing, God Bless America I have to repeat several times: God bless America. That's freedom. Nobody is going to bother me here anymore.

Do you have a personal story related to the Holocaust?


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