Today is Holocaust Day. Where we remember the millions killed in Nazi Concentration Camps. 6 Million Jews along with millions of others were killed. Among those murdered were Roma and Sinti, SlaviC POWs, Gay people, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Disabled People, Political Dissidents and Resistance.
Hundreds of thousands were experimented on and forcibly sterilised.
Other than the Death Camps there were enforced labour camps where people were forced to work in terrible conditions.
Holocaust Memorial Day also remembers people from other incidents of mass murder on Cultural, Religious, Political (etc) grounds such as Rawanda, Cambodia and Former Yougoslavian Republics.
I was raised by a father who spoke often of injustices to others. He not only highlighted the Nazis but he was honest about UK History too. He told me at a young age about injustices in India, Australia and other conquered or annexed territories.
I have challenged Racist behaviour in person.
I do not mention Religion often but am a Christian and part of my faith, personal and part oc the UK Methodist Church is to accept differences. I do not question other people’s Faith or how it is practiced. So long as behaviours are not in place to harm others.
My son was name Saul as he must find his own way on life. A Christian using a very Jewish name is unusual, though most Bible names are common among Christians in the UK there are exceptions. My Son’s name makes Holocaust Memorial Day mean a little more to me I think.
I am not claiming perfection I make errors obviously. But no matter the differences as People we also have a lot in common.
Marvel in the differences and the similarities. Holocausts happen when someone chooses to use differences if some kind to ‘Other’ someone. Don’t allow this to happen, let us learn from the past.