In 1979, Senator John Danforth of Missouri introduced legislation to designate eight days of each year as “The Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.” Events are held throughout the nation–including federal government agencies–to commemorate the victims and to educate Americans about the horrors of the Holocaust.
I was honored to be the guest speaker at such a commemoration last week at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Woodlawn, Maryland. With approximately 150 CMS employees in the audience, I had the opportunity to tell the story which is recounted in my memoir, Prague: My Long Journey Home. After so many years of silence, I continue to tell the story of the bravery of my parents and to honor the lives of the twenty-five members of my family who perished at the hands of the Nazis. Those of us who survived and are still living must do our best to counteract the lies being spread by the Holocaust-deniers whose ranks throughout the world seem to grow each passing day.