Keizer Community Library to Participate in Holocaust Remembrance
The Keizer Community Library will take part in the nationwide effort to honor victims of the Holocaust and Nazi persecution by presenting a Days of Remembrance display at the Library and the Keizer Cultural Center starting January 20, and continuing through the first two weeks of February.
The display will include books on the topic, biographies of survivors, and booklists for young people and adults. Click here for links to the booklists.
The Holocaust was the state-sponsored, systematic persecution and annihilation of European Jewry by Nazi Germany and its collaborators between 1933 and 1945. Although Jews were the primary victims, others among the six million people who were murdered included: Roma and Sinti (Gypsies) people with mental and physical disabilities; Poles who were targeted for destruction or decimation for racial, ethnic, or national reasons; homosexuals; Jehovah's Witnesses; and Soviet prisoners of war. Political dissidents also suffered grievous oppression and death under Nazi Germany.
Through our Days of Remembrance event, the Keizer Community Library seeks both to commemorate this tragic history and to reflect on the lessons it holds for our lives today. "We also pay tribute to the rescuers who risked their lives to save others during the Holocaust and to the American soldiers who liberated the concentration camps," said Paula Guiles, president of the Keizer Community Library's Board of Directors.
"It's not enough to curse the darkness of the past. We have to illuminate the future," explains Holocaust survivor Estelle Laughlin. "On Days of Remembrance the most important thing to remember is the humanity that is in all of us to leave the world better for our children and for posterity."
To learn more about Days of Remembrance, including the national ceremony in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda and a map of remembrance events around the country, visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's website at ushmm.org/remember.