April 18th was Yom Hashoah, also known was Holocaust Remembrance Day. This is a day not merely to remember the victims of the Holocaust, but to look to the future.
I am the descendant of two Holocaust survivors who saw their entire families murdered. My grandfather was a survivor of the death camp Treblinka where almost a million people were killed and only sixty survived. He fought every single day to stay alive. While their families were brutally murdered, my grandparents had to focus on survival. As Israel and the Jewish people are threatened by Iran’s growing nuclear threat, we can do something. Iran grows closer to a nuclear bomb daily and has implied that they plan to use it on the State of Israel. It does not matter if you have family that went through the Holocaust. It does not matter if you are a Republican or a Democrat. It does not matter if you are Jewish. What matters is that you do not stop remembering. You cannot stop remembering, especially when someone calls to “wipe Israel from the face of the earth” and to “eliminate them from the pages of history.” What if they mean what they say? I am a student who goes to Boston University and I encourage all people with access to learn about the issue, to learn about the threat that grows daily with Iran’s growing nuclear capabilities. A good place to start learning on Boston University’s campus is either in the IR department with Prof. Kinzer or at Boston University Students for Israel, a group on campus whose sole purpose is to further education and support for the existence of the State of Israel. The issue of Iran’s nuclear capabilities is not about settlement building or the 1967 borders. The issue we must stand up for is the right of people to live.
Anyone can sit down and whisper never again, but we have reached a point where it is time to stand up and shout it. We shout for all those who have died in the Holocaust because they were Jewish, for all those who live in Israel because it is the homeland of the Jewish people and democracy, and for all those who recognize every human’s right to live without fear: Never again!
This contribution comes from Jack Goldberg (COM 2013). If you or your friends are interested in submitting a guest post to BU Cultureshock, e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org!