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January 28, 2015 3:43 pm

Auschwitz Survivor: ‘We Do Not Want Our Past to Become Our Children’s Future’

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Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent said we must not repeat the past of the Holocaust. Photo: Screenshot.

Holocaust survivors do not want the atrocities they faced to be repeated in future generations, Auschwitz survivor Roman Kent said in an emotional speech on Tuesday at a memorial marking 70 years since the concentration camp’s liberation.

“We do not want our past to be our children’s future,” Kent explained, holding back tears before being cut off by applause from the audience. Wanting to reiterate the importance of what he said even though he was interrupted, he continued, “I will still repeat it because that’s the key to my existence.

“We survivors do not want our past to be our children’s future. I hope and believe that this generation will build on mankind’s great traditions and understanding that these traditions must embrace pluralism and tolerance; decency and human rights for all people. And must include opposition to antisemitism and to racism of any sort. It should be commonplace rather than exceptions.”

The memorial was held at the entrance of Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland, which is now a museum and historic landmark. More than 300 Holocaust survivors along with world leaders gathered at the site to commemorate the 1.1 million people killed at the Nazi death camp, as well as the millions of other victims killed during the Holocaust, as part of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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  • Palestine should free itself. A great man was accurate by all reasoning and historical evidence when he said: if Israel lays down its arms, there will be no more Israel, if Palestine lays down its arms there will be no more war.
    Israel is one tiny nation surround by oceans of Muslims. Lear who are these Muslims, study their 1400 years of history and you will see, it has not Changed.
    But now the world understands Islam and we will not tolerate its murders.

  • American

    If you feel nothing for the suffering of non-Jews then you have not learned anything from your “holocaust”. :\

  • American

    Where are your tears for the Palestinian people?

  • The world has learned nothing from the holocaust. For a while there was quiet after the holocaust but then all was forgotten My father was in Auschwitz and my mother in Skarsichko and I was born in a D.P. camp. My fathers first wife and children were murdered by the Nazis. The new Nazis , extremist Muslims, have raised their ugly heads and we need to annihilate them. World War 111 has begun. We must fight for the survival of Israel. Iran is our enemy. Isis is a cancer which must be eradicated. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg

    • American

      Do you read what you type? You have learned nothing from your so called holocaust. FREE PALESTINE!!!

    • American

      FREE PALESTINE!!! 🙂

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