While visiting Jerusalem last year, I went to the Yad Vashem museum which archives the history of the Holocaust. Even to this present day, researchers there are still documenting the history of the victims until all of the names have been recorded. I wrote about my experience in an essay called "The Holocaust and Hard Choices", and the very real lessons this dark period holds for us today.
UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown awarded medals this week to citizens who chose to help save the lives of those who would otherwise have been destroyed in the Holocaust. The award is reportedly etched with the words, "In the Service of Humanity".
Meanwhile, Bulgaria also paid tribute to those who fought against the deportation of Jews to Nazi death camps. In contrast, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad continued to cast doubt on the very historical fact of the Holocaust, following up by noting of the world's only Jewish state that "with Allah's help, this regime will be annihilated."