Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, will be marked Thursday as people around the world gather to commemorate the millions killed by the Nazis during World War II. Over the course of the Holocaust, Nazi Germany slaughtered 6 million Jews, as well as millions of Roma, Slavs, gay people, individuals with disabilities and political enemies.
The somber day was established by the Israeli Parliament in 1951 to loosely align with the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising, the largest Jewish revolt against the Nazis during the war. Today, communities, museums and synagogues mark Yom HaShoah by holding ceremonies that emphasize the importance of remembering what happened during the Holocaust and focus on passing down memories of survivors to future generations.
Local governments and schools also often host Holocaust Remembrance Day events, which sometimes involve reading names of those who perished or discussing other instances of genocide throughout history. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has a map where you can look up remembrance events taking place near you.
In honor of the day and the focus on remembrance, here are 12 quotes by survivors, writers and leaders to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust.
Today in Israel, Israelis commemorate the six million Jews killed by the Nazis during World War Two.