• Staff Sgt. Rena Key, center, Equal Opportunity advisor, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and Sara Hauptman, seated right, listen to Sara's son, Guy, tell his story about surviving the Holocaust as a child at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. The Hauptmans were guest speakers at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors.

    Days of Remembrance: Thinking back to the Holocaust

    Staff Sgt. Rena Key, center, Equal Opportunity advisor, 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, and Sara Hauptman, seated right, listen to Sara's son, Guy, tell his story about surviving the Holocaust as a child at the Centennial Banquet and Conference...

  • Guy Hauptman tells his story to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, about surviving the Holocaust of WWII at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors. He was a "hidden child" separated from his family to live in orphanages during the war.

    Days of Remembrance: Thinking back to the Holocaust

    Guy Hauptman tells his story to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, about surviving the Holocaust of WWII at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days...

  • Guy Hauptman tells his story to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, about surviving the Holocaust of at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors.

    Days of Remembrance: Thinking back to the Holocaust

    Guy Hauptman tells his story to Soldiers of 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, about surviving the Holocaust of at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of...

  • Guy Hauptman tells his story of surviving the WWII Holocaust to 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Soldiers at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and Holocaust survivors.

    Days of Remembrance: Thinking back to the Holocaust

    Guy Hauptman tells his story of surviving the WWII Holocaust to 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, Soldiers at the Centennial Banquet and Conference Center, here, April 10. Hauptman was a guest speaker at 3rd Brigade's observance of the Days of...

FORT BLISS, Texas -- Never again. Never again allow hatred to roam free. Never again allow the lives and property of people to be destroyed at the whim of others. Never again allow people to be stripped of their rights and imprisoned. Never again allow people to be targets of persecution, humiliation and violence. Never again be intolerant of other people.

"Never again: heeding the warning signs" is the message set by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum for this year's Days of Remembrance, the annual commemoration of the Holocaust and its survivors.

Guy Hauptman, a survivor of the Holocaust, spoke at a Days of Remembrance event hosted by the 3rd Brigade, 1st Armored Division, at the Centennial Conference and Banquet Center, here, April 10. He wants this part of history to be told and remembered so no one can claim it never happened.
People shouldn't remember it for just one day, a week or a year; they should remember it for as long as they live, he said.

Hauptman, who was just a child during WWII, now 74, lived in a series of orphanages when his mother was taken by Nazis and confined in concentration camps. He said it is important for the Holocaust survivors, including his 95-year-old mother, Sara, to tell their stories so it never happens again.

"You will end up where you don't have any eyewitness of what happened, but my mother was there," Hauptman said. "She has the number tattooed on her arm. We won't be around for much longer, but people should still remember what happened and what we went through."

In addition to remembering, he also wants to spread the message of tolerance for others. Tolerance is also a message of the Army's Equal Opportunity program, which is committed to ensuring everyone is treated with dignity and respect regardless of their background or religion.

"Be good with any religion that comes," said Hauptman, talking about acceptance of others. "Just because you don't believe the same, doesn't mean you have to dislike the people for it -- you don't kill them for it."

Hauptman served in the Marine Corps and wants service members to know the importance of the role they play in protecting the freedom of people all over the world.

"Remember, the job you are doing will hopefully help prevent some of the things that happened during [WWII]," he said.

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