There are moments peppered throughout history that not only changed the world, but changed how we perceive our place as individuals in the world. The liberation of Nazi German concentration and extermination camps is one of those moments in time, and one that I find particularly fascinating.
In a visit to Washington D.C. earlier last year (before I moved to the area to be a part of the Discovery Communications team) I had just enough free time to visit a museum in the metro area. This city has some of the best museums in the country (many of them part of the Smithsonian Institution), but my decision to visit the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum was a no-brainer. There are so many different things a person can glean from the horrific event: what is says about the nature of groupthink and our ability to be manipulated and persuaded; what it says about our spirit and how it enables us to persevere; and what it says about our humanity that we can learn from the past and work to ensure that the memory of all Holocaust victims lives on.
This coming Tuesday, January 27th marks the 70th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation from Nazi Germany, and Discovery Communications is commemorating the monumental event around the world.
On Sunday, January 25, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Discovery Channel will feature One Day in Auschwitz, a special which follows Polish-English Holocaust survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon, who was only 16 years old when she and her mother were sent to the concentration and extermination camp. Now 89, Kitty returns to Auschwitz and shares the inspiring and admirable story of how her and her mother were able to survive despite the practically unimaginable circumstances. The program will air in more than 220 countries worldwide – including the Discovery Channel and American Heroes Channel (AHC) in the Untied States. Immediately following the special program, Discovery will also air Schindler’s List on Discovery Channel in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Africa, and on AHC in the United States without commercial interruptions.
Discovery Education and the University of Southern California’s (USC) Shoah Foundation, in association with the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, is also hosting educators from around the world in a series of professional development experiences January 24th through January 27th in Poland. Delegates from around the world will join some of the last living survivors and reflect on how they can carry the bravery from all those affected.
This Sunday, take a moment to honor those Holocaust victims and survivors, and if you’re able to, turn to Discovery or American Heroes Channel to hear Kitty’s incredible story.