Saturday was International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945 (it’s marked on different dates in different nations, for instance, Holocaust Memorial Day in Israel is in April). At the link, you’ll find a round-up, with photos and video, of how the day was commemorated around the world. I’ve visited the Nazi death camps and stood in the doorway of the ovens at Auschwitz on three separate occasions. Once you have felt the evil and horror and tragedy all around you, you can never forget it.

I notice that some of the news stories about the event tried to put a partisan spin on it, remarking that it was especially important because of the rise of the alt-right. While that might be a legitimate concern, many world leaders now citing it have been inexplicably quiet about the rise of radical Islam, which poses a greater threat to both individual Jews and the existence of Israel, as well as their own role in fostering its spread through silence and appeasement. The genocidal anti-Semitism of groups such as ISIS, Hamas and Hezbollah is perfectly in line with the views of Nazis. In recent years, two e-book versions of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” have reached the top 20 in iTunes’ Politics and Current Events downloads section, and I don’t believe they’re all being read by skinheads and history researchers. Yet many Western leaders have willfully turned a blind eye to that threat.

The leaders of Israel don’t have that luxury. To them, the phrase “Never again” isn’t just a political slogan or a reference to the horrors of the past that killed six million Jews over half a century ago. It’s a personal pledge, both to their ancestors and their children and grandchildren, to remember always to be vigilant or else risk it happening again.

Israel’s determination that there will never again be such a Holocaust is why Israel was willing to stop Iran from building nuclear weapons, even if it meant standing alone in the face of the world’s condemnation. Thankfully, it appears that they won’t have to stand alone now.

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  • Janice Short

    01/30/2018 11:56 AM

    Why is it so difficult for average people to see the evil that stems from Islam? It is fine to have compassion for oppressed people, but Islam is not an oppressed people. They mostly preach hate & intolerance. If you don't believe their way then you are an infidel. Did not Hitler think pretty much the same way? Please, please wake up before another Holocaust happens. We should put Jesus first in our lives & let Him lead us to do the right thing. We should not put our trust in ANY man or woman. That is how we are led down the wrong path.

  • Jim sharpe

    01/30/2018 05:38 AM

    I am disappointed with you Mike. You are slamming historical events while ignoring the most vile current event of our time? Trump can not give the compromise on the issue he rode to victory! I like every duped conservative will bail-we have been LIED to AGAIN! What useless voting propaganda comes next? STOP!

  • Janet Elliott

    01/30/2018 03:06 AM

    In 1976 my husband, who was station in Germany, and I, went to Munich. We decided to go visit Dochou Concentration Camp. We, too, stood at the door of the building, where the ovens were. Thirty-one years after WWII, the smell of gas, and the smell of death still permeated the building. I have never forgotten, and I can still smell the stench when I think, or talk, about that visit.

  • Cherise Miller

    01/29/2018 09:58 PM

    When my husband was in the military, we went to Munich, Germany in December 1958 for a three-year tour. While there, we visited Dachau, which is just a few miles from Munich. This was long before it became commercialized. I agree that it was a very chilling sight to see the ovens and mass graves. How anyone could deny that the holocaust did not occur is beyond me. However, the older residents there evidently did not want to remember anything about it because when you talked to people about the smell, screams, etc., they would deny everything. So sad. Thank you for your involvement in bringing information to us that we do not get through the media, except FOX and OAN. So glad we have you, Trump, and Hannity to rely on. Have a Blessed Day.

  • Robert Emmerick

    01/29/2018 08:32 PM

    Most Americans a very unaware of The American Holocaust? How many legalized murders of the unborn have been committed??? The value of life is at all time Low. Americans learn to practice self-control, personal responsibility, and abstinence? Our country has opened the flood gates to sexual immorality with no accountability, and medical death boards, and drug despenseries popping up every where. Why is Islam and Sharia law being taught and introduced in this country it opposes foundation of the Constitution?

  • AL SCHATZ

    01/29/2018 05:55 PM

    Thank you Mike Huckabee for all your efforts. I suppose many, like myself, are getting tired of seeing all the criminal elements in place in congress today and nothing seems to be getting done about them ( Clinton's, Obama, Pelosi, and the list goes on...) If only we could see some light at the end of that long, dark tunnel. I keep watching daily for some news of an arrest and conviction of one of these people, just to let us know that justice is still alive in our world today. But so far there seems to be no justice for the left. I feel God has placed Donald Trump in office to do His will for our nation. I wounder why they don't place people like Trey Gowdy in the place of Attorney General in place of the pansy traitor we have in Jeff Sessions now. Surely president Trump can see the fallacy of that choice ?! There are many other places that we all see need God's guiding hand in too. God Bless.

  • Elaine M. Liming

    01/29/2018 05:39 PM

    I was a high school student when a man whose name I have forgotten but not his pictures came to our school to speak to us. We met in the school's auditorium in our little town in Mass. and he shared his experience of being part of the American soldiers who liberated Auschwitz. He was told to take pictures and he did. There was a silence in our auditorium as he showed us slide after slide. I remember my friends, passing tissues as the tears ran down our cheeks. The man himself from VT. told us he wanted to show these pictures around the New England area and I remember his closing words--Evil does exist, learn to recognize it, be watchful, and pray it never happens again. I have visited the holocaust museum in L.A and as a retired teacher all my classes visited this museum. It made a big impression on them. I would suggest that every parent and teacher should teach this history lesson. We already have many professors in colleges saying it never happened. It did ! And in our upside down culture in which evil exists , we see it happening in our time, we call it genocide. It could happen again! Americans need to wake up, be watchful, and most of all return to praying on our knees.

  • Janet Day

    01/29/2018 05:10 PM

    I applaud Pres. Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. We should continue to support Israel, our greatest ally in the Middle East, the only democracy in the region, and a great flourishing nation. Moving forward, I pray that the U.S. does not force Israel to divide it's land, which has been attempted in the past with zero success. It would be a move that would be disastrous to Israel and the U.S. Let's establish accountability for the U.S. dollars that have been funneled to the Arab-Egyptians "aka Palestinians" living in Israel. Frankly, until the Hamas and Abbas problems are dealt with, why do we continue sending money to that region?

  • Audrey Skarness

    01/29/2018 02:53 PM

    As long as the people of the world are reminded of the Holocaust, perhaps they will never forget.
    Too bad people aren't reminded of the Civil War in the U.S., then maybe they would not keep removing statues of the men, both white and colored, who fought and died for freedom.

  • Betty McIntyre

    01/29/2018 02:01 PM

    I read the books by Herman Wouk, "War & Remembrance" and the other one, (can't remember the title) and watched the mini series on the two books. They were so "real" that you felt like you were a part of the stories. I will never forget "The Holocaust"!!!!!!! "Winds of War", just remembered!

  • Michael Egbert

    01/29/2018 02:00 PM

    My father participating in liberating one of those death camps (he would never say which one) during WWII. He was horrified by what he witnessed there. He would not go into any detail other than to say the "smell of death" was everywhere and the ovens were still warm when they got there....

  • Pastor Craig Wilson

    01/29/2018 01:58 PM

    Is it true that Grandpa Bush had a Metal Company and made agreement with the Nazi regime to use labor of the Jewish people to work in the factories guarded in the internment camps!?

  • Larisa Fastovsky

    01/29/2018 01:39 PM

    Dear Mr. Huckabee,
    Thank you for reminding all of us of the Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945. All the nations in the world and especially in Europe should be grateful to the USA and to the American Army for saving them from the Nazis' evil. Including Russia (USSR then) who could fight successfully Nazis by getting a great help from the USA that supplied them with food, Studebekkers, Jeeps, and other war equipment during the war (not to mention the opening of the second front).
    Your supporter,
    Larisa

  • Paul D Morgan

    01/29/2018 01:31 PM

    You should be in the cabinet. Were you ever seriously considered? Why in your opinion is not Rudy G. not the attorney general. Is not in fact Sessions was a huge mistake?

  • Chuck Walter

    01/29/2018 01:12 PM

    Mike,

    Enjoy your bird's eye view of current events.

    My father was one of the first U.S. Troops to enter Auschwitz. He was hardened by the war, but it didn't even approach the autricries he saw there. He would wake up crying over what he saw years later (into the late 70s).

  • Dolly Palacios

    01/29/2018 01:00 PM

    I visited the Holocaust Museum several years ago in DC. My soul felt shattered as I slowly took each exhibit in. I attended grade school in the early 60's. We viewed black and white movies of the atrocities in the death camps. Even back then it left an etched impression in my young heart of the cruelty humans are capable of. I wonder why we no longer educate our young children in public school of what mankind is truly capable of.

  • Theresa Carver

    01/29/2018 12:40 PM

    I, too, have visited Auschwitz (Oswiecim) and saw the rooms filled with suitcases, hairbrushes, shoes, etc. Family stories of an uncle being operated on by Mengele just to find out if he would survive. My one question that I ask still today...how could this happen?

  • Barbara Carter

    01/29/2018 12:38 PM

    I have also visited the horrible death camps and felt the evil spirit. When President Trump has done so much for Israel and been so positive about Jews, why are they so strongly Democrats? It blows my mind!!!

  • Frank Calamia

    01/29/2018 12:38 PM

    "Never again!" From London to New York, anti-semitism is once again on the rise. College campuses celebrate Palestinian hate crimes against Jewish citizens as if it is their right to murder. Hate of Israel is enhanced by the demonizing of the white race in general. Particularly vulnerable are white men. All of the rhetoric against Israel and the white race is once again preparing the people for genocide. "Never Again," is just words. Actions today show that the ovens are once again being fired up for the innocent.