Australasian Union of Jewish Students

Yom HaShoah: We survived together, we stand together.

Yom HaShoah: We survived together, we stand together.

At Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), this year marking the 70th anniversary of liberation from the Holocaust, AUJS acknowledges and remembers all the victims murdered at the hands of the Nazis during this tragic chapter in the 20th Century.

During the Holocaust, it is estimated that between 20 and 30 million people were murdered as a result of the Nazi’s rise to power, with the Party itself systematically murdering over 11 million people.

AUJS has developed a campaign that not only shows the extent to which the Holocaust severely affected us as Jewish people, but how the Holocaust also affected the lives of the other minority groups as well.

It is important to recognise how the Holocaust has affected Jewish identity, as well as the identities of people in the LGBTIQ community, the Romani, and the mentally and physically disabled - groups with which some AUJS members also identify.

AUJS also recognises the plight of other groups persecuted at the hands of the Nazi regime, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, perceived political opponents, Prisoners of War, and ethnic Polish peoples.

Every group targeted by the Nazi regime has had to rebuild their communities in subsequent decades, and come to terms with the magnitude of the events that took place in Europe.  Though we are often separated by religion, race, sexual identity, and political belief, we are united by our survival.

Please take some time to read and reflect on the experience and persecution of European Jewry, the LGBTIQ community, Romani, and disabled peoples during the Holocaust.

We have come through as survivors and can now stand together as a stronger, unified community.