A global campaign encouraging millions of people to use social media to raise awareness about the Holocaust is rapidly spreading. Will you join it?
By: JNS.org and United with Israel Staff
Ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has launched a global campaign encouraging millions of people to use social media to raise awareness about the Holocaust.
The campaign calls on people in every country to hold up a sign with the words “We Remember,” and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #WeRemember.
Images posted to social media will be live streamed on the grounds of the former Auschwitz Birkenau Concentration Camp from January 24 to January 27, when International Holocaust Remembrance Day is marked.
On these same dates, the words “We Remember” will be projected onto the façade of Tel Aviv’s City Hall.
The campaign took off last Monday and has already spread to 45 countries.
Last year’s campaign was viewed the world over by more than 250 million people. Participants included heads of state, celebrities, and common citizens in destinations ranging from Canada to Croatia and from Russia to Rwanda. This year, the campaign, initiated by the World Jewish Congress, hopes to reach 500 million people.
“Anti-Semitism is more prevalent today than it has been at any time since World War II, and bigotry and discrimination still rear their ugly heads all around the world. This is why we all must declare, together, that we remember,” said WJC CEO Robert Singer.
Holocaust survivors, lawmakers, government ministers and religious leaders from around the world, as well as soccer and basketball stars, have joined the project and have been photographed holding up “We Remember” signs.
WJC President Ronald Lauder said it is the responsibility of the young generation to teach their friends about the horrors of hatred and spread the message that “never again” means “never again.”
United with Israel is a partner in the campaign and has called on its supporters to join the global wave of remembrance.
We must honor the past and protect the future. We must ensure that these stories are not forgotten so that we can educate the next generation. Post your picture with #WeRemember.