Amid targeting refugees for their religion and efforts by white supremacists and some conservatives to blame the world's ills on Muslims, parallels to the Nazis' efforts to demonize Jews are resurrecting.
A social media campaign, initiated by World Jewish Congress (WJC), seeks to highlight both how the Holocaust came about (hint: it had a lot to do with scapegoating a religious minority) and to keep the atrocities in the forefront of people's minds. A video featuring nine Holocaust survivors encourages people from all over the world to upload photographs on social media platforms holding a placard reading “We Remember.”
One of the most sinister periods in history, the Holocaust was the mass murder of 6 million Jews and millions of other people. The killings, which took place in Europe, were organized by the German Nazi party, led by Adolf Hitler.
WJC's campaign intention is to raise global awareness among youth about the Holocaust, as well as people who died in genocides in Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur and the ongoing tragedy in Syria.
The campaign also seeks to raise awareness against the rising hatred towards African Americans, Muslims and Jews.
The Holocaust survivors further ask people to be a part of the campaign if they have been subjected to horror — though even if they are blessed with a peaceful life, it is their obligation to speak up against acts of racism and signs of hatred, the group notes.
“Anti-Semitism is more prevalent today than it has been at any time since World War II, and bigotry and discrimination still rear their ugly heads all around the world. This is why we all must declare, together, that we remember,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer.
“The goal is to reach those who don’t know much about the Holocaust, or who might be susceptible to those who deny it entirely, and to remind the world that such horrors could happen again. Using the tools of social media, we hope to engage the next generation, because soon it will be their responsibility to tell the story and ensure that humanity never forgets,” he added.
Soon after the campaign was initiated, #WeRemeber became a popular hashtag on Twitter and Facebook. Thus far, more than 100,000 people of all ages have taken part, from every continent and in dozens of languages.
For Holocaust Remembrance Day I've taken part in this picture posting project pic.twitter.com/pqTYF8apKt— Dr. Ruth Westheimer (@AskDrRuth) January 20, 2017
WeRemember pic.twitter.com/Vv9ynBTc28— We Remember (@WeRememberShoah) January 28, 2017
The campaign of speaking out against racism comes right in time as the world is facing a crisis after President Donald Trump’s immigration ban against people from seven Muslim-majority countries. The ban has caused a global uproar as hundreds of thousands of people have spoken up against Trump and protested on the streets against the discriminatory ban.
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