Horror beyond belief

In 1945 the horror of the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing sites became public knowledge and the films of that inhumanity shocked the world..Literally millions of innocent people in these gas chambers and other concentration camps were murdered while much of the world was silent. We should never forget those who perished, and the few that survived that lived with the pain of losing their loved ones. The memories of that time must foster a commitment to protect everyone in our communities against hate and bias. Auschwitz-Birkenau were the end results of years of stereotypes and hateful speech.When we tolerate and support biased speech we in essence support the violence and harm that comes from the spoken and written words.Our silence fortunately will not produce the horrors of the concentration camps, but there is still pain that can be prevented when we have the courage to oppose all sorts of prejudice.

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