Why some photos don’t need cut-lines

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

I’ve just read President Obama’s address about the liberation of Auschwitz and his efforts to put into words what was an unthinkable and tragic chapter in global history.

“The noble acts of courage performed by liberators, rescuers, and the Righteous Among Nations remind us that we are never powerless,” Obama said. “In our lives, we always have choices. In our time, this means choosing to confront bigotry and hatred in all of its forms, especially anti-Semitism.”

But it’s the photos that are circulating online today that really tell the story — the emotions they stir up, as well as the shame and contempt they continue to provoke some 69 years later.

This is the power of great photos like the one shown here — a photo that invites us to reflect on the past and challenges us to not ever again be complacent in the face of evil. These are photos that need no cut-lines.

Two visitors walk inside the snow-covered Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.


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