Because every person deserves a name

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Because every person deserves a name

© Bill Glucroft/AAS

Berlin resident, Nina Peretz, reads names of Berlin Jews murdered in the Holocaust, part of commemorating Yom HaShoah


Sunday evening into Monday was Yom HaShoah. For Israel and many other places around the world, and especially Jewish communities, it is the annual day to remember the Holocaust. Yom HaShoah is typically and most meaningfully observed by reading the names of all six million Jews who were robbed of life by Nazi inhumanity.

For Berlin, where 56,000 of its residents never came back (nearly one-third of the city's prewar Jewish population), the act of reading is particularly personal. Names and other biographical details jump off the page: Their homes, places of work, where they played and studied, and other proofs of life are often still clearly present. More than 70 years on, their absence is palpable.

The Jewish Community of Berlin organized the public reading, which took place in public on the street outside the central community center in Berlin-Charlottenburg. Volunteers, including the Foundation's Bill Glucroft, took turns reading from sections of a bible-sized book that contains the names, birthdates and places, and other essential information of Berlin's murdered Jews.

Getting through it all -- still just a sliver of six million -- is a daunting task. Seemingly impossible but nonetheless essential. Because every person has a name. Every person deserves to be remembered. Not only for historical significance but to serve as a constant reminder of the consequences of letting anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia of all forms go unchecked.

With chaos in Ukraine, right-wing populism on the rise throughout Europe and EU-elections just weeks away, such a reminder has never been more important. All members of society must remain active and vigilant, and lend broad support to organizations like the Amadeu Antonio Stiftung, to ensure every person can participate in a free and open democracy without fear or violence.



Amadeu Antonio Stiftung
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