Commemoration Message for The International Holocaust Remembrance Day

January 27, 2019 – As we commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we recognize one of the darkest times in our world’s history. The systematic persecution and execution of people of Jewish faith—along with other minority groups—by the Nazi regime is a horror we hope is never repeated.

Still, there remain significant challenges in our world today with regard to upholding basic human rights and freedoms, and the deliberate targeting and scapegoating of minority groups. While the Holocaust was a unique dark episode in history, we have witnessed far too many massacres since then, from Bosnia to Rwanda and from Syria to Myanmar, to suggest that humanity as a collective has yet to learn and internalize the lesson taught by the Holocaust. Let us use this occasion to rededicate ourselves to rectifying these challenges and preventing them from sliding into a repeat of past atrocity.

About the Alliance for Shared Values

The Alliance for Shared Values (AFSV) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that serves as a voice for cultural organizations affiliated with Hizmet, a civil society movement inspired by prominent preacher and peace advocate Fethullah Gülen. The Alliance strives to promote peace and social harmony by helping reduce misinformation and false stereotypes about any or all ethnic, cultural and religious communities.

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