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As we begin the solemn remembrance day for victims of Holocaust, we note that Yom HaShoah this year falls on the international memorial day for victims of the Armenian Genocide, the first state planned genocide against a religious group of the 20th century.
This horrific genocide perpetrated by the Ottoman Turks against Armenian Christians is said to have emboldened Hitler in his plan to implement the "final solution." In fact, Hitler is said to have written prior to his invasion of Poland, "Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?"
Today and every day, we must speak out against genocide and remember the victims. Never Again.
Tonight marks the start of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) in Israel. On this day, a single siren will sound throughout the entire country. For one minute, the entire country will come to a standstill and remember the 6 million lives who were stolen by the Nazis in World War II.
It is a moment when we remember why we must stand up to antisemitism and bigotry where ever and whenever it arises. In this video, Israelis stop their cars in the middle of the highway to stand in remembrance of the 6 million Jews murdered by the Nazi regime when the siren sounds.
An important discovery for recognizing the Armenian genocide comes from the Jerusalem archive:
In a landmark discovery, a Turkish historian says he has found in a copy of a Jerusalem archive collection a “smoking gun” proving beyond doubt that the Ottoman Empire carried out the premeditated genocide of hundreds of thousands of Armenians and attempted to cover up evidence of the event.
After years of searching for irrefutable proof of the genocide, Taner Akcam, a Turkish-born scholar at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, says he has uncovered a long-lost telegram used as evidence in military tribunals that convicted the planners of the mass killings, The New York Times reported Saturday.