Sir, – Irwin Cotler offers us a cogent analysis of the Holocaust and the exercise of remembrance (”The Holocaust did not begin in the gas chambers – it began with words,” January 27), all of it poignantly relevant these days when the president of Iran calls for the destruction of Israel.
I would only add one point: We should always remember that the Holocaust had two sides. Its evil face is well known, but there were also thousands of women and men who risked their lives to save the persecuted.
The International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation works day and night to unveil, document and divulge their legacies of courage. It is a moral debt we all have to these heroes, but above all it is our obligation to the younger generations so they get to know of these feats.
International Raoul Wallenberg Foundation
January 28, 2009