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27 January 2017 - Holocaust Memorial Day

Genocide survivors gather in London ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day
Caroline Davies (The Guardian, 26/01/2017)

Genocide survivors have gathered at a special commemoration on the eve of Holocaust Memorial Day to reflect on the long-lasting trauma left once the killing stops.

More than 200 survivors from some of the darkest chapters in recent human history joined religious leaders, dignitaries and 1,000 guests in Westminster on Thursday in the act of remembrance for the 6 million Jews murdered as part of Hitler’s Final Solution, and those who died in subsequent genocides in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia and Darfur.

Candles were lit as the chief rabbi, Ephraim Mirvis, was joined by the archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, during the commemoration at the QEII conference centre. The event took place on the day before the 72nd anniversary of the 1945 liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

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Hate Speech
 
Beware hate speech, says Auschwitz Holocaust survivor
Allan Little (BBC News, 27/01/2017)
 
At the age of 13, Susan Pollack - now a retired grandmother living in north London - was taken from her home in rural Hungary, loaded into a cattle truck and transported by rail through German-occupied Poland.

She and her family were told they were going to be resettled. The journey took six days and some in the truck died on the way.

"There was some straw on the floor," she told me. "It was dark, it was cold, it was so hostile. And hardly any space for sitting down. There was a lot of crying, lots of children. And we were trapped. Doors were shut, we knew this was not going to be any resettlement but we had no imagination of course of what was to come."

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Drawing Lessons
 
Holocaust memorial Day: How Art Can Help Us Remember
Moshe Kantor (Newsweek, 27/01/2017)
 
Art is meant to make you feel something—that’s why I will take particular pleasure in awarding the European Council on Tolerance and Reconciliation’s prestigious Medal of Tolerance to the film director, producer and screenwriter Andrei Konchalovsky, next Wednesday.

Konchalovsky’s 2016 film Paradise makes uncomfortable viewing, showing the destruction of humanity in Nazi-ruled Europe through the eyes of three characters, a French-Nazi collaborator, a Russian Resistance member and a high-ranking SS officer.

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Donald Trump
 
With Trump In Power, Holocaust Memorial Day Matters More Than Ever
Andrew Grey (The Huffington Post UK, 25/01/2017)
 
It’s Holocaust Memorial Day this Friday. I’ll never forget a Holocaust Memorial event a few years ago where I heard two Auschwitz survivors speak. Their talks were fascinating, but the bit that’s stuck with me ever since is an exchange they had after their talks were finished. One of them was convinced the Holocaust could happen again: the other was adamant that it couldn’t.

I remember wrestling with this question for a long time afterwards. Could it really happen again? Surely we’ve learnt the lessons of history by now - we can at least take that for granted?

But of course, the past year has shown us that nothing can be taken for granted. Yes, people had different and complex reasons for voting for Brexit and Trump. Many were sincere and honest reasons, and those of us who opposed them may yet be proven wrong, at least on some of our assumptions and beliefs.

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Last update January 27, 2017
Créé le January 27, 2017
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