Hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans marched in Washington, D.C. today to speak for the over 60 million preborn babies who have died at the hands of abortionists since 1973’s infamous Roe v. Wade decision from the Supreme Court. Yet, another commemoration took place this week in Israel that echoed the same sadness and moral resolve.
This week marks the beginning of observances of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz near the end of WWII. Auschwitz, the largest and most infamous of Nazi Germany’s death camps, opened in 1942. Located in Nazi-occupied Poland, 1.1 million prisoners—including 960,000 Jews—were murdered there in gas chambers, shot, or starved to death.
Over six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazi regime during WWII, as part of Hitler’s “Final Solution” to eliminate the Jewish race. In fact, Hitler was successful in eradicating 60% of the world’s 9.5 million Jews at the time, in a heinous genocidal campaign that is known around the world simply as “the Holocaust.”
On Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence joined other world leaders in Jerusalem to mark the observance. Pence’s poignant remarks spoke movingly of the horrors committed at Auschwitz, and its nearby sister camp, Birkenau.
“When soldiers opened the gates of Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, they found 7,000 half-starved, half-naked prisoners, and hundreds of boxes of camp records that documented the greatest mass murder in history. Before the war was over, in its five years of existence, more than 1.1 million men, women and children would perish at Auschwitz,” Pence said.
Pence further noted that anti-Semitism is still around and growing, and that the nations of the world must be prepared to confront and expose it. He specifically pointed to the nation of Iran as one of the world’s leading purveyors of anti-Semitism.
The Vice President also remarked about the world’s resolve that something like the Holocaust never happen again.
“Today we remember not simply the liberation of Auschwitz but also the triumph of freedom — a promise fulfilled, a people restored to their rightful place among the nations of the Earth,” Pence said. “And we remember — we remember the long night of that past, the survivors and the faces of those we lost, the heroes who stood against those evil times. And today we gather nearly 50 nations strong, here in Jerusalem, to say with one voice: Never again.”