[I posted this to Facebook, but I felt it deserved posting to my blog too.]
Today is Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day. This attempt to exterminate an entire people didn't happen in an ancient biblical kingdom where a king went mad or was influenced by evil advisors. This happened in a modern European democracy in the middle of the 20th century.
We need to remember the Holocaust, because it is not an ancient parable, and not only Jews are at risk. "Cleansings" based on ethnicity or religion are still an ever-present threat to everyone, everywhere.
Somewhere in the world, someone who isn't like you doesn't like you and thinks the world would be a better place if people like you were forcibly changed or removed. Remembering the Holocaust means staying vigilant and making sure that those people do not rise to positions of enough power and influence to start another Holocaust against *anyone* ever again.