On Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish Actors Gal Gadot And Josh Gad Make Sure #WeRemember
When Hollywood A-listers like Wonder Woman's Gal Gadot and comedic talent Josh Gad bring to light an issue, the world is sure to listen. This January, the actors pave the way for remembering the events that transpired during the Second World War when millions of Jews in Europe were sent to their deaths by the abominable Adolf Hitler.
The mission of Israeli-born Gal and Jewish-descendant Josh was not to revisit old wounds without purpose, but rather, to ultimately celebrate the triumph of good over evil. They reiterate that the symbolism of the Holocaust survivors' stories is one that holds especially true today: the persecuted and discriminated can win over their oppressors, and send a message of hope and peace.
Model and actress Gal took to Instagram to post a photo of herself holding a piece of paper with the hashtag #WeRemember. Seven decades have passed since the Holocaust's atrocities came to an end, yet people must still remember them to ensure they never happen again.
Josh, on the other hand, posted a photo of his grandparents, Polish immigrants who were child survivors of Hitler's concentration camps. He emphasized the necessity for the world to not commit the same mistakes now, and not ever again.
These were my grandparents: Evelyn and Joseph Greenblatt. They were children in Poland, when they were taken from their homes and separated from their parents and their siblings. All of them were sent to Concentration Camps. Those who weren’t killed were forced into slave labor by the Nazis. Their innocence was lost. Their families destroyed. All because of their faith. At the end of the war, they came to New York, immigrants in search of a new start. The lessons of #holocaustmemorialday are not simply to memorialize the past, but to makes sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes in the future. Now, more than ever, we must never forget.
Meanwhile, other stars like Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn sent a message over Twitter about wariness over past events sharing striking similarities with social issues plaguing present day. He quotes the author and international symbol of the Holocaust, Anne Frank: "What is done cannot be undone, but one can prevent it happening again."
Australian-South African singer Troye Sivan also shared his thoughts on the issue and Tweeted an inspiring message that ended with, "Never forget, and never again. Spread some love today."
With Gal and Josh at the helm of this historic day, what can you do to make sure that no modern-day persecution takes place?
Photos from @gal_gadot (content image and cover photo)