This Tuesday, December 10, is International Human Rights Day. On this day in 1948, 65 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. I will mark the day by listening to an address by Ruth Messinger, the head of American Jewish World Service, an organization widely regarded for its commitment to fight against worldwide poverty and achieve global human rights.
I mention all this because I am working on a book project with Anthony Le Donne on memory and Jewish-Christian dialog. At the moment, I am trying to write my contribution to the section of the book addressing memory of the Shoah. The world’s discovery of the Shoah led “immediately” to the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The two events are interconnected.