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Nations Remember Victims of Holocaust

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BECKLEY, W.Va. (WOAY) – Almost 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, people around the world  are remembering its victims on International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

In 2005, United Nations dubbed January 27 International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The day was meant to commemorate the 11 million people killed in the Holocaust, including 6 million Jewish people.

“The opposite of good is not evil,” said Jewish community member Joe Golden. “The opposite of good is indifference. Indifference leads to people not doing anything once they’re aware of something evil that is happening.”

Golden, who attends the Temple Beth-El in Beckley, said remembering the Holocaust can help the world avoid another genocide.

Since the Holocaust there have been a number of genocides, including the Rwandan and Cambodian genocides that were based on ethnicity and social class.

“Genocide is not new, but we need to recognize it so we can prevent it.”

Golden said that little prejudices can quickly spread and turn into a much bigger problem like the Holocaust. He hopes the world can sit with one thought on this day of remembrance

“Know your history. Study it well,” he said. “If you’re not aware of your history or what you are in difference to the history it can allow evil to take hold and spread.”



Kassie Simmons

Kassie Simmons joined the team in January 2019 as a weekend journalist. She graduated from Virginia Tech in just two and a half years with a BA in multimedia journalism. During her short time at Virginia Tech, she served as the editor for the university’s chapter of The Tab. Kassie was named the top reporter for The Tab at Virginia Tech on multiple occasions and made the list for the top 30 reporters for The Tab in the U.S. She also studied theater performance and minored in creative writing. Before coming to WOAY, Kassie interned at WSLS in Roanoke and the Tidewater Review in her hometown of West Point, Va. She has loved following breaking news since her childhood and has a passion for delivering the stories people care most about. Kassie is excited to be working in Southern West Virginia and looks forward to all the adventures ahead of her. You can follow her on Twitter at @KassieLSimmons and like her page on Facebook. If you have a story you think she should check out, send her an email at ksimmons@woay.com.


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