Monday, April 28, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day as a reminder of how much is not being remembered

Our daughter Malki Z"L with her Australian
grandmother (may she be well), Genia Roth. 
Malki's paternal grandparents survived 
the Holocaust, losing almost everything.
Malki herself was murdered in Jerusalem 
by Hamas terrorists, among this generation's
heirs to the Nazi heritage, when she was 15.
Frimet/Arnold Roth..
This Ongoing War..
25 April '5774..

Whatever small hesitations we may have had about a new initiative taken by the IDF's Social Media Unit, in the end we are deeply disturbed by the many ways in which the experience of the Jewish people just a handful of decades ago - within the lifetimes of the parents of us bloggers here at ThisOngoingWar - is increasingly diminished, degraded and denied.

Measures that restore dignity and respect to the victims of the Holocaust perpetrated by the Nazi Germans and their many willing helpers are in our view measures worth taking.

This coming Sunday is marked here in Israel as Holocaust Remembrance Day. In its honour, the IDF has undertaken a campaign:

In a few days(today), we will commemorate the memory of the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust and the bravery of all those who stood up against Nazi barbarism. This year, the IDF is putting together a special social media project. With your help, we will pay tribute to Holocaust survivors across various social networks.

With three simple steps, you will be able to contribute to Holocaust remembrance. Post a photo of yourself together with a Holocaust survivor on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with the hashtag #WeAreHere. Also be sure to include his or her name, age, and place of residence.

We will then create an index of all of the photos you tagged, and build an interactive map according to location. This will contribute to commemorating those who were lost, and produce a dynamic memorial to those who remain across the globe.

Start publishing your images now and on April 27 the IDF will publish the interactive map to show the world that #WeAreHere.

We're fully supportive. We posted this Tweet yesterday - and we're grateful to the many who have retweeted it:

Malki Roth, murdered by Hamas 2001, with beloved grandmother Genia Roth, Auschwitz survivor #WeAreHere and remember

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