April 22, 2013 marked the 20th Anniversary of the opening of The Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C. Thousands of people attended this event including hundreds of Holocaust survivors, World War II Veterans, and others who wanted to learn more about the Holocaust and support its survivors. One of the speakers at the event was Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel. “You are our hope. Whatever we do now is not only for the sake of the past, but surely also for the sake of the future, and you are our future,” was one of his statements to the young people assembled at the event. Mr Wiesel would know; he was part of the youth that carried on after the unspeakable horrors of the concentration camps.
Mr. Wiesel an award-winning author. In addition, he is a Holocaust survivor. He managed to survive the horrors of Auschwitz. However, he lost his mother, his father, his little sister, his grandmother, and countless relatives and friends to the Nazi death camps.As a teenage boy, he had to immigrate from a concentration camp to France where he had to learn a brand-new language, continue his education, and adjust to whatever a normal life is. How would you be able to live a normal life after something as horribe as a concentration camp? I do not know. Mr Wiesel writes in his memoir, Memoirs: All Rivers Run to the Sea, that some survivors just could not and ended up committing suicide. Many of them questioned why they had survived. With the help of some friends and family but also due to his own belief in God and his own perseverance, Mr Wiesel carried on. He believed that he was living for his family that had been lost in the Holocaust. He was that youth that decided that he needed to continue on and be the voice for the people who lost their voice as a result of Hitler and his evil vendetta against Jewish people.
Six millon Jews were murdered in the Holocaust. There were also countless Jewish and non-Jewish people who were murdered by tthe Nazis before they ever reached the concentration camps. Millons of non-Jewish people were also murdered in the camps because they tried to save the Jewish people from the camps; or because Hitler just did not like them either. It is a miracle that anyone survived the camps. The Holocaust survivors are all we have left. These courageous people need to be heard. We need to listen to them and do everything in our power to make sure that another Holocaust does not happen. Sadly, there are many events in this world that are coming close to it. Some people want to deny that a Holocaust ever happened. Do not listen to them. The Holocaust did happen; and there are events like it happening in this world right now. The Youth as well as all people must carry on the message of Mr Wiesel and other Holocaust survivors. Maybe someday, we will not have to worry about people being murdered because of their religion, race, etc. Maybe someday, but we have a long way to go before that even has a chance of being reality.