American Red Cross
January 27th was designated as the International Holocaust Remembrance day by the UN in 2005. This date is significant because it is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz- Birkenau concentration camp. Approximately 6 million Jews were prosecuted between the Nazi’s rise to power in 1933 and the end of World War II in 1945. It is unfathomable to imagine the hatred and perceived inferiority the Jewish people endured during this time. Today, it is common to passively learn about the Holocaust in history books, but the International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an important reminder that the events of the Holocaust are not just a history to be read. It is important to continually honor the victims by creating educational programs to ensure the prevention of genocides in the future. It has been almost 7 decades since the fall of the Nazi regime, but the horrific events that took place and the millions of lives that were lost will never be forgotten.
While there has not been another situation comparable to the Holocaust, in which the total disregard for human rights has occurred, it does not mean human rights violations do not occur in the world today. Many lives are destroyed by tyrannical individuals and ongoing wars across the globe, but it is possible for individuals to stop such injustices. To do this, one must first become more educated and the Red Cross is a great outlet for starting this learning process. The Red Cross is not only a disaster relief organization, but assists with a variety of international services, including; limiting the impact of war, disease prevention, advocating for human rights, and global protection for people affected by conflict. One of the unique aspects of the Red Cross is the commitment they have in restoring family links. The International Committee of the Red Cross was very involved in reuniting family members that were torn apart as a result of the Holocaust.
The Red Cross is very passionate about ensuring tragedies such as the Holocaust do not happen again, and advocate for all individuals to take an active role in fighting injustices around the world. One way to achieve this is by learning about the International Humanitarian Law. International Humanitarian Law is a set of rules that seek to restrict the means and methods of warfare, and unfortunately it is not practiced by many international governments. To learn more about this Law, an Exploring International Law Humanitarian Class will be held at the Capital Area Red Cross. The four hour long course will be held on Tuesday February 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will cover what International Humanitarian Law is, the history behind it, why one should be interested in it, and how it relates to recent international events. The class will be held in an intimate setting of 20 or less to allow for meaningful discussions. Attending this class is a great way to do your part to honor the victims of the Holocaust by staying educated about international crises. To sign up for the class please contact the Capital Area Red Cross at (850) 878- 6080. Most importantly, The American Red Cross asks individuals to please keep all those affected by the Holocaust in your thoughts today.
Written By: Allison Kraemer and Victoria Shornak