Honoring Holocaust victims helps embrace lessons learned

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    The Dallas Holocaust Museum will feature the research of Harriet Cohen, associate professor of social work, as part of a series called “Holocaust Legacies: Shoah as Turning Point.” Cohen’s research focused on the use of memory as a survival aid for those who experienced the Holocaust.

    What makes a somber topic a bit more hopeful is that TCU, Southern Methodist University and the University of Dallas are co-sponsoring the 12-part series.

    This sponsorship shows not only a willingness to join forces with other universities but also a desire to honor the millions who died under Nazi persecution on the 70th anniversary of World War II.

    Today, the Holocaust may be taught in history books, but there are still some people out there who deny the Holocaust even happened. The idea is disgusting. There is no reason to dispute its occurrence considering the abundance of historical records. Attempting to do so disrespects the memory of an estimated 11 million people who died as a result of genocide, as well as the soldiers who fought during the war.

    It is easy for people to say that they will remember the Holocaust, but actions speak louder than words. The university did itself a favor for co-sponsoring this presentation by ensuring that students will not only remember a dark part of history but embrace the lessons learned so that such carnage does not happen again.

    Opinion editor Libby Davis for the editorial board.