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Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, Rabbinic scholar, Jewish United Fund / Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago: “Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims” [#Rabbi #JewishUnitedFund #JewishFederation]

At Auschwitz, the Nazi death camp in Poland that came to symbolize the Holocaust, the Book of Names memorializes 4.2 million known victims in oversized books displayed in Block 27, a red-brick former barrack, as part of a permanent exhibit honoring the dead.

All told, the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and unknown millions of Soviet prisoners of war and Soviet citizens, Roma, Polish resisters and non-Jewish Poles, Serbs, German political prisoners and resistance activists, disabled people, homosexuals and Jehovah’s Witnesses before World War II’s end in September 1945.

“Not all victims were Jews, but all Jews were victims. The act of coming here is an act of honor and respect. To forget is to erase memory. … Whoever remembers is fighting against erasure.”
– Rabbi Yehiel Poupko, rabbinic scholar at the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

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