Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. We observe it on the anniversary of the allied liberation of Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
The watchword of Holocaust remembrance has always been "never again." At Jewish Community Action, we think a lot about the purpose of this message. And when we look and see a rising tide of nationalism – even fascism – around the world, we know 'Never Again' cannot be 'never again, to us.' It has to mean 'never again, to anyone, anywhere.'
This is why we think our new campaign on white nationalism and antisemitism is so important. Though our programming and training focuses on identifying antisemitism – anti-Jewish hatred – and rooting out the hateful ideology that enables it, we see this work as deeply intersectional. We teach about the connections between oppressions; about how the same people who preach antisemitism also preach racism, and homophobia, and transphobia, and islamophobia, and anti-immigrant bias.
We teach about how solidarity and allyship is the recipe for defeating these hatreds. This campaign is bolstered by our certainty that we are stronger when we are united against the people who would use exclusion and to do us harm.
It is not just right to invoke the memory of the Holocaust - of what can happen when this far-right politics of hatred and resentment and scapegoating is allowed to progress unchecked - it is our responsibility to invoke it. It is our duty.
This Holocaust Rememberance Day, as we honor the victims and the survivors, we also call on our community – and all communities – to be vigilant. We will find the ideologies that cost us so much in the past, and we will stomp them out. Together.