I'm late again working on an anniversary post. But perhaps it's a good thing, because some historical events should be remembered, even on the days not devoted to their remembrance.
Last year, I blogged about the 75th anniversary of the January 27, 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, which is now commemorated as International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
This year, the 76th anniversary was even grimmer, because of COVID-19. Survivors, now all elderly, are dying. When they are all gone, then what?
Who will be there to remember them, in an era where schoolchildren are not taught anything about what happened to various populations during World War II? Or when elected officials even deny it ever happened, or if it did happen, it's been way exaggerated?
I thank the Twitter account @FacesofCOVID, for devoting January 27 for tweeting out obituaries of Holocaust survivors who succumbed to COVID-19.
Right now, there are only about (estimated) 20,000 Holocaust survivors left alive in Europe.
It's true that what we call the Holocaust is far from the only time mankind has shown just how much evil it is capable of. It gives us all the more reason to remember this period of history and to cry out its modern rallying cry.