The Holocaust, the greatest tragedy of our
modern world, must never be forgotten.
The Zachor Holocaust Remembrance Foundation
The souls of our dear departed ones, all six million of them,
are crying out to the world in a single word: "ZACHOR."
ZACHOR means REMEMBER.
And as we remember, we must also educate others,
so that the lessons of the Holocaust will inspire future generations
to recognize, combat, and ultimately extinguish the hatred that breeds genocide.
Words From Our Founder:
Over 200,000 ZACHOR Pins Have Been Distributed.
Founder and Survivor, Ben Lesser, has made it his life-long mission to provide every Holocaust speaker, Survivor and educator with a small memento to give out to their audiences as a tangible reminder of what they have heard and learned – a golden pin with the Hebrew letters of the word “ZACHOR.” Read more about ZACHOR Pins here.
Many Survivors dedicated their lives in preserving the memory of the Holocaust. Many travel throughout the world telling their journey of survival at schools, synagogues, churches and anyone who listens. We are all aging and some of us are in poor health, and that is why we are asking for your help NOW. Learn more about how you can help here.
Do you want to be part of something powerful? Here’s your chance.
To ensure the world will NEVER FORGET, we invite you to participate in an online movement where millions of silenced voices can now be heard through you. I-SHOUT-OUT, is for anyone who wants to speak out against intolerance, injustice, racism, or bullying.
By uniting together we can stop the world from acquiring amnesia. Take a stand and SHOUT-OUT for what you believe in and help us reach our goal of six million SHOUT-OUT’s to speak for the six million souls who where silenced and become part of something powerful.
Living a Life that Matters
An unforgettable story of courage, determination and achievement! Available in audiobook, e-book, paperback and hard cover.
The Holocaust is the greatest tragedy in history. Below is a list of chronological events leading up to, during and post WWII affecting all across the globe. Content courtesy of the Jewish Memorial, Yad Vashem: www.yadvashem.org, www.history.com, and www.wikipedia.com.
Download your personal copy of our Holocaust Timetable here!
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From one 2G to another So many of the Holocaust survivors in Kansas City who I grew up with have passed away. They were all so important to me and they conveyed a special feeling that no others could. To the second and third generation (2G and 3G) I offer this comfort before the High Holidays. I have been an orphan too long. My dad died over 30 years ago, my mother over 20. Recently I discovered that in addition to the death of most of my family in the Holocaust, I also had two half sibling. My story is similar to many of yours. I ask that G-d comfort us today as we remember parents and other love ones. For those who possess Holocaust guilt I pray you will listen to me. Most of us were too young to understand the misery experienced by our parents. We could not empathize nor did most of us ask the questions we could have. We simply were afraid of hurting our parents and could not tolerate seeing them suffer. I have spent a lifetime trying to find out what I simply could of asked them about our family. I am certain many of you are in the same boat. I beg you, your parents and mine lived for us. They sacrificed everything for us. Remember the good you experienced with them. I will say Yizkor and Kaddish for those of you who cannot go to a synagogue. Love your families and your children and grandchildren. Look at them and have nachas. For those who do not have children or family, please seek friends today and give and receive love. For those who had a different experience, one filled with only joy and good memories, you are very fortunate. For those who experience pain and still do, I pray for you. G-d bless you all and may our loved ones rest in heaven. They already experienced hell. If you still have Holocaust survivors who are alive, give them a hug and a kiss. G-d granted me a beautiful wife, four children and, so far, nine grandchildren. I only wish my parents were alive to witness this nachas. I am not a psychologist but merely a 2G still struggling. Many of you still have pain because you think you could have done more to help your parents or acted differently toward them. I learned years ago not to generalize 2Gs. It is very dangerous since some become very upset, so I will only speak about myself. My personality manifests itself in me always having to be in control of every situation. When my father was dying 30 years ago I thought I could save his life by literally asking him to live for me. My parents sacrificed everything for me. He died and I still have not forgiven myself for not producing a miracle. Regarding my mother, after my father’s death I did everything possible for her; she lived with us for many years, but I still feel I could have been more understanding and patient with her. Please forgive yourselves. Your parents would not want you in anguish. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg Edison, New Jersey ... See MoreSee Less
A year later, Ben Lesser reflects on his time visiting St. Otillien Archabbey where his life was saved and he learned how to live again, following liberation from Dachau. Take a step back in time, and then a look at how the monastery conjures memories from his recovery.