Monday, January 27, 2014

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 2014

LOS ANGELES - Today, January 27, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. If this is the first you are hearing of it, well, you probably are not alone. This is a rather new remembrance day as this day came about following a resolution after a special United Nations session held in 2005, which the United Nations General Assembly marked the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and the end of the Holocaust. 

This otherwise came about following UN Resolution 60/7, which urges every U.N. member nation to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, and encourages the development of educational programs about Holocaust history to help prevent future acts of genocide.

Perhaps you have some new people in your life and they are at that age where they need to start understanding some not-so-pleasant moments in our history, or maybe you still need to figure out what this was all about (it is a lot for even the best of scholars to attempt to wrap their head around). Well, if you have a moment during the day, or perhaps sometime during the week, please go to the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

Aside from the unique aspect of the museum the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust is the oldest Holocaust museum in the United States, or so they claim. Whatever the case may be it is a very important place to visit as they have an impressive research center and library, and in 2010 the museum moved into a new building at Pan Pacific Park.

On the note of the library and research center, if you are searching for a family member, or curious if you had a family member if lost in this obscene tragedy, this museum is a wonderful resource to track down lost family members.  

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust
100 S The Grove Drive (Across the street from The Grove at Pan Pacific Park between Beverly Boulevard and 3rd Street)
Los Angeles  90036
Dial (323) 651-3704

Museum hours are:
Monday through Thursday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. 
Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Along these same lines another important place you should go to at some point, especially if you have never been, is the Museum of Tolerance, which is run in conjunction with the the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

There is a lot of injustice here in Southern California and in the world, and if you maybe want to try to help these are two good places to start.

On this day take a moment, please, to remember what happened then, and to remember what is still going on in the world today.

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