Must bear witness: Studying the Holocaust

When the Ohrdruf concentration camp was liberated in 1944, Dwight D. Eisenhower insisted on visiting the camp in person. This visit was important, as he later wrote, because it would put him “in a position to give firsthand evidence of these things if ever, in the future, there develops a tendency to charge these allegations to propaganda.”

Today marks the 75th anniversary of Ohrdruf’s liberation. Less than eight decades after the events of the Holocaust took place, Americans are failing at the somber responsibility with which Elie Wiesel charged humanity: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

Read the full post at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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