About 200 students and community members attended the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies’ annual Holocaust Remembrance Day event Monday evening on the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.
The lecture, entitled “What Might We Remember on Holocaust Remembrance Day? A Historian’s Reflections,” was delivered by David Engel, a professor of Holocaust studies at New York University. Engel is also the author of six books and dozens of articles on Jewish history and the Holocaust.
In 2005, the General Assembly of the United Nations designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The date was selected to coincide with the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau — the largest concentration camp established by the Germans — on Jan. 27, 1945, by the Soviet army.
This annual day of commemoration is intended to honor the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust, along with millions of other victims of the Nazi regime and promote Holocaust education throughout the world.
Engel began his lecture by conceding that even after decades of studying the Holocaust, the UN’s mandate of remembrance on this day leaves him confused because it is not stated what should be remembered or what lessons should be drawn.