Only days after the commemoration of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we stop to honor the millions of souls massacred by the forces of hatred and rancor during one of the most abominable crimes that humanity has ever known.
Sixty-five years ago, on a day like today, the Soviet Army liberated the known extermination camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau, a place where the human capacity to exercise cruelty in the name of hatred knew no boundaries.
For those of us who populate the American continent, we know of hate, pain and suffering; the trampling of our dignity and justice; the annihilation of our culture and identity. Being descendents of those indigenous groups allows us to feel with a singular sensibility the immeasurable tragedy lived by those who perished during the Holocaust, and also those who survived its horrors.
Today, in joining in with the reclaiming of history, we repeat the words of The Liberator Simon Bolivar, who in referring to the barbarity of the colonial invaders said, “Such acts afflict the most hardened and provoke just abhorrence against those that have perpetrated them. They are abominable acts that dishonor the human kind.”
New York, January 29, 2010