‘We have not learned the lessons’: Holocaust survivor warns genocide persists around the world

Societies have failed to learn from the Holocaust and prevent the repetition of such crimes, Auschwitz survivor Ruth Cohen warned today during a commemoration event at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

“I am so disheartened and sadly convinced that we have not learned the lessons that this history — my history — teaches,” Cohen told U.S. and European officials, Holocaust survivors, and national Jewish organizations assembled for the 2020 International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration.

Cohen, 88, was sent to Auschwitz after Nazi German forces marched into Hungary in 1944. She recalled learning shortly after her arrival at the notorious camp that “our
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