Eagle Express: Holocaust Memorial Day

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Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 02:38 PM

This coming Sunday is a very sacred day. It's a day when we stop and remember the victims, the families, the fighters of freedom, the rescuers, the leaders, the fearless, the survivors.

It's Holocaust Memorial Day.

The very word holocaust brings about a quiet and mournful space in my heart. I am horrified at the capacity in man to hurt, harm, murder, hate, and destroy. And yet I am simultaneously amazed at man's resilience in the face of evil, fortitude in the depths of war, compassion in the pain of torture, fogiveness in the wake of a tragedy. The holocaust is many things. It is first and foremost something that must always be remembered. Mankind is destined to repeat itself if we do not learn from our past. Children, teenagers, adults, seniors - all murdered out of hate. We must remember because each of those precious lives mattered. We must remember because their legacy lives on. We must remember because our world cannot stand not to.

Today's blog is in honor of all those impacted by the Holocaust. Our legal deliveries Dallas team wanted to devote a blog to the day set aside for these deserving souls. Join our on demand legal courier services Dallas team in looking back at the holocaust and remembering those who triumphed over it:

  • During the Holocaust, it is estimated that more than 6 million Jews were murdered by Nazi Germany. It's hard to even begin to comprehend 6 million people being murdered. It's even harder for me to imagine those ideas stemming from one man, Adolf Hitler, who was able to influence thousands of people to commit horrific crimes against humanity - especially children. More than 1.1 million children were murdered at the Nazi's hands. One million children who didn't reach adulthood. One million children who never finished school or got a chance to have a family of their own. One million.
  • In addition to the 6 million Jews who were killed, the holocaust totaled approximately 11 million murdered people.
  • The Holocaust officially began in 1933 when Hitler came to power and technically ended on May 8, 1945.
  • The victims were transported via cattle cars. The cars were cramped, with little ventilation, no restrooms, no water and no food. On one particularly long journey, when the cars reached the camps, the victims were already dead.
  • Over one million people were murdered at the Auschwitz complex, more than at any other place. The Auschwitz complex included three large camps: Auschwitz, Birkenau, and Monowitz
  • Kristallnacht, translated, "the night of broken glass," was a November night in 1938 when the Nazis attacked Jewish communities, destroying businesses and synogogues alike.
  • Before being sent to concentration camps, Jews were forced into ghettos. They were denied access to basic human needs like food and other services.
  • The majority of deaths occured at the following camps: Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec, Chelmno, Auschwitz/Birkenau, and Majdanek.
  • Before entering the camps, there was a selection process completed on all incoming victims. Pregnant women, small children, the sick or handicapped, and the elderly were immediately killed.
  • Signs on the gasroom chambers stated, "Baths and Disinfecting Rooms" and "Cleanliness Brings Freedom."
  • Heinrich Himmler, the coward leader of the Nazi Army, committed suicide when he was caught by Allied forces. Again I say, that coward. Too scared to deal with the ramifications of his decisions.
  • After their release from concentration camps, many victims died in their first week of freedom.
  • Each year, more than 500,000 people visit Auschwitz.
  • After the war, Allies wanted the German people to know the horrors unleashed by Hitler and their countrymen. They were forced to view dead bodies. 

The Holocaust happened, and it is our duty to remember it and honor its victims.