Holocaust menorah

Holocaust menorah placed on permanent loan at the Dallas Holocaust Museum by the Catholic Diocese of Dallas.

Today, Jan. 27, marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, the concentration camp in Poland where about 1 million people were killed during the Holocaust.

Rabbi Steve Fisch of Congregation Beth El Binah, a synagogue with outreach to the LGBT community, spoke at the Dallas Holocaust Museum on Sunday, Jan. 25 at a ceremony that included about 10 Holocaust survivors who live in the Dallas area.

“Once people are treated as less than, it’s easy to treat them as subhuman,” Fisch said.

Bishop Deshotel of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas also spoke, saying he was humbled to be in the presence of the survivors. He placed a Holocaust menorah that had been on display at the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Ross Avenue in downtown Dallas for almost two decades on permanent loan at the Dallas Holocaust Museum.

A Holocaust menorah has six branches, one to remember each million of the six million Jews killed. A traditional Jewish menorah has seven branches and a Hanukah menorah has nine.

The Dallas Holocaust Museum Center for Education and Tolerance fights all forms of discrimination. In the past, it mounted an exhibit from the U.S. Holocaust Museum entitled “Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals 1933–1945.” On Thursday, March 26, the museum hosts Michael Sam as part of its ongoing Upstander speakers series.