We Are All Our Brother’s Keeper
Yesterday, at the Jewish Community Center in Moscow, I was honored to represent the United States in commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by the Red Army. It was a very moving event. I found representing the United States at this event in Moscow to be particularly symbolic. During World War II, the United States and the Soviet Union fought side by side to defeat those who built the death camps. I was joined at this event by other ambassadors and leading religious and political figures. Standing together, we made a powerful statement that we all must stand united in the face of injustice; silence is unacceptable. During the Holocaust, there were a precious few who were not silent, like the Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg. His courage saved the lives of thousands. Each of us must resist the urge to keep silent, and speak out when we are in the presence of those who spread hatred. We are all our brother’s keeper.