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In a fundamental way, the Holocaust was different from other genocides in that an entire people, the Jews, were marked for destruction, not as a means to an end, but as an end in itself, and as an essential corollary to the governing ideology of a State. The Holocaust or Shoah is also distinguished by the gigantic scale of the persecution, oppression, enslavement and extermination of human beings, and the methodical, bureaucratic organisation of the process of doing so.

However, while the Holocaust was unique, its lessons about the essential fragility of human civilisation are universal. The Holocaust is a warning to every generation about the human potential for evil, especially as a consequence of racial hatred, and about the inherent evil of totalitarian regimes. It teaches us that every generation owes it to itself and to future generations to cherish, and if necessary to fight to defend, the sanctity of human life, dignity and freedom.

“I don't want to have lived in vain like most people. I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!” -- Anne Frank