Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day, established by the UN seven years ago, commemorating the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The Shoah Foundation, founded by Steven Spielberg, after the filming of Schindler’s List, is an archive of over 52,000 voices of those who have survived genocide. (Access to these voices is available online.) Though the Foundation began its collection with stories from those who survived the Holocaust, it continues its work in gathering testimonies from those who have survived genocides around the world.
The point to preserving these voices is to remind us of the consequences of not recognizing and embracing the humanity in each one of us. The reason to listen to these voices is to make sure that we do not remain passive in the face of intolerance and are moved to action, to transform our world to its better self. The reason to hear these stories is to make sure we are all engaged in and committed to tikkun olam (repair of the world).
The following video is a moving overview of the work of the foundation.