As the Holocaust and Intolerance Museum of New Mexico comes of age, it’s honoring children who never got the chance.
Marking 13 years of advocating tolerance, the museum celebrates its Bar Mitzvah year remembering the 1.5 million children murdered under the Nazi regime, many of whom didn’t live to see their own coming of age.
The museum board invites the public to join special event and reception, 2 p.m. Sunday, in Congregation B’nai Israel, 4401 Indian School, NE, in Albuquerque.
“We dedicate our Bar Mitzvah year remembering the innocents who met a cruel and senseless death brought on by hate and intolerance,” said Jerry Small, a museum representative. “We must never forget in order to end these atrocities that continue even today in countries ravaged by war.”
During World War II, Adolf Hitler’s army and collaborators killed more than a million Jewish children, tens of thousands of Romani (Gypsy) children, German youth with physical and mental disabilities, Polish children, and innocents residing in the occupied Soviet Union, according to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The chances for survival for Jewish and some non-Jewish adolescents (13-18 years old) were greater, only because they could be deployed at forced labor.