Julia Korsunskaya - Executive Director of the charitable organization RememberUs.org.
The Shoah – or the Holocaust as it is more commonly called – was the largest humanitarian catastrophe in modern history. Millions of people were murdered, mercilessly and systematically, in accordance with an evil project known as the Final Solution. People were killed for one reason, and one reason only: they were Jews. These atrocities happened in foreign lands, as well as right here in Kremenchug, not far from your school. Families were exterminated, depriving the world of future generations of people - people with hopes, dreams, and opportunities. This consequence of the Shoah will stay with us forever. You personally might have lost a great friend, an inspiring teacher, a brilliant doctor...
Those horrific events happened fairly recently, but we still know very little about them. We must learn the history and teach our friends, relatives, and neighbors – not only to commemorate the past, but to create a better future. #AlwaysRemember and #NeverAgain
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.”
Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)