Camp Carroll, Korea - Service Members, families, and friends gathered at the Camp Carroll Theater to remember and honor the memory of those affected by the Holocaust.
The 498th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, hosted the observance that educated the audience on the events that took place in Nazi-occupied Europe during World War Two. The event featured several Soldiers reading the stories of victims and survivors, a documentary video and an address by guest speaker Mr. Jay Kronish, Director for the Busan Israel House.
Kronish emphasized how important it is that we never forgot those affected by the Holocaust. “If Holocaust education has taught us anything, it is that we have to learn to get along with each other, despite our differences, said Kronish. “We have to stop Holocaust’s before they arise. We have to deal with human hate and violence, at the most rudimentary levels, in the most empowered ways.”
This year’s theme “Learning from the Holocaust: Acts of Courage,” is dedicated to the Jewish heroes who displayed unheralded bravery in the face of injustice while risking their lives and the lives of their families to save others.
“We must remember and share with the leaders of the future the errors and triumphs of the past,” said Chief Warrant Officer Two Angela Younger-Embree, HHC, 498 CSSB. “This remembrance and others like it define us and help to keep us focused on our national and world mission of equality. Without the education of the past, we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes.”
Kronish shared the role U.S. Soldiers have in the fight for justice. “You here today, and the tens of thousands of American Soldiers around the Globe stand with Good Soldiers in every land, and are the first line of defense and offense; first against hate, second against those who perpetrate hate and third, as a cohesive force of solidarity,” said Kronish.
The United States Congress established the Days of Remembrance as the nation’s annual commemoration of the Holocaust. Each year state and local governments, military bases, workplaces, schools, religious organizations, and civic centers host observances and remembrance activities for their communities. These events typically occur throughout the week of Remembrance, which runs from the Sunday before Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Hashoah) through the following Sunday.
“I ask that the audience imagine for a moment if something like this happened again, who would be in what position,” said CW2 Younger-Embree. “We must use our differences to build a world of equality. As we accept others regardless of their differences, our world will become stronger through synergy.”