The people who survived the Holocaust are passing away. Soon, there will not be enough of us left to personally combat the Holocaust deniers. There will be no more ‘proof,’ no more ‘firsthand accounts.’ So I am telling you: the Holocaust happened. The Holocaust was an atrocity. And now that I have told you, it is your responsibility to tell others. You have the obligation to continue passing on the message after all the survivors are gone. You must keep the Holocaust’s memory alive.
This teacher was fulfilling that obligation by telling my class what Wiesel told hers. She added that now that she had passed on his words, it was our responsibility, too, to honor Wiesel’s message and spread the Holocaust’s memory.
This is how Holocaust remembrance works: it is spread in a chain that becomes a web. Wiesel told his students, and his students told their students. And teaching isn’t the only way to continue the chain. A parent can tell a child. A friend can tell a friend. A person can tell any other person.
This is my way of fulfilling that obligation. I am telling you now: the Holocaust happened. The Holocaust was an atrocity. And now that you have read this, you have the same obligation.
Neither Elie Wiesel’s nor the Holocaust’s memory will be forgotten.