Holocaust Memorial Day

27 Jan

Today marks Holocaust memorial day, which falls on the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. On the site, http://www.hmd.org.uk/resources/podcasts/untold-stories-political-parties , various public figures have told their stories about the Holocaust, with David Miliband recounting how Catholic farmers helped hide his family from the Nazis and he applauds the courage shown by those who protected Jews from persecution during the war. The guardian features 5 moving stories from those who survived genocides from the Holocaust to Rwanda and I urge you to take a look at them- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jan/26/holocaust-rwanda-cambodia-survivors .

The purpose of HMD is about remembering the victims and those whose lives have been changed beyond recognition of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and the ongoing atrocities today in Darfur. I know from visiting Auschwitz how vital it is to remeber what has happened, the enormity and the scale of it as if we remeber the past, we can continue to learn from it. As the website for the Memorial day states itself “by learning from the lessons of the past, we can create a safer, better future.” Lets hope education and tolerance triumph over prejudice and  ensure that an unspeakable tragedy like this will NEVER happen again!

Never again,

Words uttered over and over again,

We look back at the camps, the suffering in horror,

In disbelief, in disgust, in shame.

I still hear the echoes in the chamber from those dark days,

Cries, screams of those who were shown no mercy,

Nor should they fade away,

Nor should we forget.

Today we light the candle to remember,

To reflect, to hope, we light the flame,

That we can have a better tommorow,

That we will never suffer like this again,



3 Responses to “Holocaust Memorial Day”

  1. Michael Collins January 27, 2011 at 11:13 am #

    Ant, whatever happens politically on a day to day basis, there are more important things that we should never forget. Your tribute in poetry was important, heartfelt and fitting for the memorial.

    • anthillel January 27, 2011 at 11:21 am #

      Thank you so much Michael, and I completely agree with you, we should never forget this and we should strive to make sure this never happens again!


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