Tuesday was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland at the tail end of World War II.
In the decades since then, the crimes committed there and elsewhere as part of the Nazi’s “Final Solution” have become known as the Holocaust, part of the basic education of any schoolgirl or boy.
Yet, seven decades after the camp gates opened to liberating soldiers, the Holocaust has receded in the cultural memory and the lessons we learned — of tolerance and hatred, of genocide and fascism — just words.
Even now, across the globe, comparable crimes are occurring where powerful regimes are attempting to wipe out entire populations for the crime of just existing.
Yet, caught up in our daily lives, we too easily turn a blind eye to such horrors, then act shocked when we can safely ignore it no longer.
There are only a few hundred survivors of Auschwitz alive now and they remember the crimes there to this day. They are a living reminder to the rest of us that we cannot ignore such horrors today.
And we must keep this memories fresh so that, even when the survivors are gone, we will continue to remain vigilant against reckless hatred into the future.