An exhibit of Holocaust victims at Yad Vashem.

Need To Know Basis: An Analysis Of Holocaust Remembrance Day

Here is a brief look at some of the topics prominent writers and thought leaders are discussing related to Holocaust Remembrance Day, which is marked on April 24.

Elon Idan, Haaretz:Is It Okay To Watch A Sports Game On Holocaust Remembrance Day?

Acceding to the Israeli government’s demands, cable providers in Israel refused to broadcast the “El Clasico” soccer matchup between Real Madrid and FC Barcelona during Yom HaShoah. Idan, while personally in favor of forgoing watching the match out of respect for the day, argues that Israelis should have the choice to skip watching the sporting events or not. Simply not broadcasting it renders the viewer without a choice to make, he declares.

Rabbi Eliezer Melamed, Arutz Sheva:“A Message For Holocaust Remembrance Day”

Rabbi Eliezer states his case that the greatest measure to remember the Holocaust is to increase the Jewish population. Eliezer points out how the Jewish population has still not recovered from the Holocaust, and he criticizes “the secular-feminist environment” for making it “unpleasant to speak about family planning.” Rather, says Rabbi Eliezer, the positives should be highlighted on raising a family in terms of both health and communal aspects. Family, he proclaims, is more important than freedom.

Rositta Kenigsberg, Sun Sentinel:“Holocaust Remembrance Reaches Beyond Just One Day”

Kenigsberg, president of the Holocaust Documentation & Education Center (HDEC), implores her readers to not simply remember what happened one day in the year, but to remain vigilant against growing Anti-Semitism in the world. The rising tide of Holocaust denial and support is not to be ignored, she says, and she mentions the work she and the HDEC are doing to keep the memory alive on a daily basis.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, New York Daily News:“Presidents Damagingly Politicized The Holocaust Long Before Sean Spicer”

In his concise op-ed, Rabbi Weiss, the national president of the Coalition for Jewish Concerns, applauds President Trump’s efforts to counteract White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s insensitive comments that omitted the Nazi’s use of chemical weapons against Jews during the Holocaust. However, he goes on to list all the times in which U.S. presidents — including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama — misused Holocaust Remembrance in an insensitive light or for political purposes.

Amy Israel Pregulman, The Commercial Appeal:“Commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day”

Pregulman encourages readers to not forget the Holocaust survivors who continue to live among us. She reveals that more than one in four Holocaust survivors live in the U.S. at or below the poverty level. Kavod, the Memphis nonprofit organization which Pregulman is the executive director and co-founder of, works with local agencies to provide emergency aid to help survivors meet their basic needs.

Steven Davidson is an editorial fellow at The Forward.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forward.
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