Every year around this time we’re asked to go back to one of the darkest pages in the history of humankind. Every year on January 27, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. This day represents everything UNESCO stands for. January 27, as many other days, is a symbol of a greater sum of unspeakable events that have marked the 20th century; it represents the present society’s will to stand against antisemitism, racism, and any other form of intolerance. On this day back in 1945, the Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau was liberated by the Soviet troops.
It’s been 76 years, but it seems we still need to remember. It is now confirmed, and widely known, that China has established more than 400 detention camps where Muslims are tortured, forced to convert, and drink alcohol. Donald Trump, former president of the U.S., spent time, military forces, and thousands of dollars on a wall separating Mexico from America. According to the National Commission for human rights more than five thousand people have died trying to cross to border. Up to this day people die for the sole desire to seek a better life. People of color are still fighting for their rights all over the world. In 2020, the world witnessed the rise of the “Black Lives Matter” movement, which seeks nothing more than ensuring people are treated equally, no matter their ethnicity. The LGBTQ+ community isn’t allowed to live in freedom. Many countries even forbid them to get married, let alone adopt or have kids. Conversion camps exist, and many countries in Europe have continuously failed to acknowledge and regulate this phenomenon. Women are still widely underrepresented in most countries. As of today, many governments around the world don’t guarantee the right on abortion and equal pay for men and women in the workplace.
According to history the Second World War had winners and losers, good and bad guys, but the truth is no one ever won that war. There were no good guys. Even the American and Soviet troops that liberated the countries taken over by the Nazi-Fascists in 1945, committed unspeakable crimes against local populations for the sole purpose of establishing their own power. There were no winners. The entire world lost. The wound opened by this conflict can never be sewed.
Today we are asked to remember, but remembering is not a passive verb. Recollecting memories means acknowledging our past to look at the present with open eyes. We must fight for a fair and equal world. I don’t want to imagine any longer, I want a world where all the people are living life in peace.