At first glance, the lessons of the Holocaust appear simple to grasp. It is the moral responsibility of all people to fight hatred, racism, and religious and ethnic intolerance. But this universal lesson continues to be denied. Today in Darfur, Sudanese soldiers and Arab militia (known as “Janjaweedâ€?) carry out targeted violence (rape and murder) against specific “Africanâ€? ethnic groups. Roughly 2 million have been driven from their homes, tens of thousands of civilians have been killed, and thousands more are dying each month.

On Jan. 27, 1945 the Soviet army liberated the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, in Poland. The United Nations recently designated Jan. 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The U.N. resolution rejects any denial of the Holocaust as a historical event, encourages educational programs about the horrors of genocide, and condemns all religious or ethnic intolerance. This resolution is timely, given Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad recent claim that the Holocaust is European mythology

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