The Auschwitz Moral Imperative (SIMON WIESENTHAL CENTER) By Rabbi Marvin Hier 01/25/05)
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As we commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz, that infamous place forever enshrined as ultimate example
of man´s inhumanity to man, we must commit to act upon the compelling
lessons from history´s largest death factory. We must learn from the
unparalleled horrors of Auschwitz and the inaction and apathy that
paved the way for Hitler´s Final Solution and the mass murder of
millions of innocents.
Each generation faces challenges that it can ignore only at its own
peril. In 2005, the Simon Wiesenthal Center urges humankind to
memorialize the victims of the Nazi Holocaust by adopting the Simon
Wiesenthal Center´s Auschwitz Moral Imperative.
1. Preventing A Nuclear Holocaust. The international community must
unite to prevent the extremist religious regime of Iran from
developing nuclear weapons. The deployment of such weaponry by
fanatics will threaten the world with a nuclear holocaust. For the
same reasons, the international community must also act to block
North Korea´s nuclear weaponry.
2. Prosecuting Crimes Against Humanity. Building on the legacy of
Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, the international community should hold
accountable all those sponsoring and engaging in crimes against
humanity from the genocide in Darfur, to the deploying of suicide
bombers against innocent civilians, to the gassing of prisoners in
3. Rejecting Hatred Of Jews. Sixty years after the Nazi Holocaust,
antisemitism has reared its ugly head once again, on European soil.
The 25 member states of the European Union must act decisively to
thwart the resurgence of the world´s oldest hatred.
4. Rejecting Murder In The Name Of G-d. Religious leaders must
denounce the forces of hate, racism and violent fundamentalist
extremists from hijacking the agenda of their faithful.
5. Forging Middle East Peace With Security. The Palestinian/Israeli
conflict must be resolved. Any solution must ensure the territorial
integrity and security of democratic Israel, the Jewish state born
out of the ashes of the Holocaust. (© Copyright 2005, Simon
Wiesenthal Center 01/25/05)
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