- Rebecca Kobrin: One lesson America needs to understand is that the Holocaust did not begin with killing or gassing, but rather with words
- But perhaps the most important lesson of the Holocaust for Americans is the role that open borders for refugees can play in saving victims, Kobrin writes
Rebecca Kobrin holds the Russell and Bettina Knapp Chair in American Jewish history at Columbia University. The views expressed in this commentary are solely hers.
(CNN)Monday is Yom Hashoah, the day designated in 1953 by the State of Israel to commemorate the murder of millions of Jews during the Second World War. Selected to mark the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising, this day is meant to impart a lesson: Jews should be remembered not only for dying in the Holocaust, but for fighting for their lives as well.