- Jews 6 million murdered
- Soviet POWs 3 million murdered
- Poles 2 million murdered
- Gypsies 1.5 million murdered
- Disabled 250 thousand murdered
- Masons 80 thousand murdered
- Solvenes 25 thousand murdered
- Gays 15 thousand murdered
In the United States, there are several museums that document what happened. In 1993, I had the honor of escorting one of the American Liberators of the Nazi Death Camps to the Opening Ceremony of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Among my memories of that day is a group of protesters who were Holocaust deniers. One held up a prominent sign, "Where is the proof?" The proof, of course, is in part housed in the building that was behind him. The proof included an elderly American hero, carrying a cane beside me, who had been awarded medals by the United States, France, and Italy for his service fighting against the Nazi regime. Those who lived through that war are few today. One of my neighbors is another American hero who landed at Normandy and fought the Nazis in France. The proof that will survive these heroes is preserved in the documents and artifacts housed at places like and including the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
There is an eight minute film at http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/dor/video/?content=whyweremember that I strongly urge you to watch today. It is important that we remember. It is as important that we stop the violence, the bullying, the injustice, and the inequality that is still part of our society.