Thursday, January 27, 2011

Holocaust Memorial Day

AuschwitzBirkenau-1Image by toddreynolds via FlickrLest we forget.

"Dates to Remember 27/01/1945: Liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau

Soviet soldiers liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau on 27 January 1945. They found several thousand emaciated survivors and the smouldering remains of the gas chambers and crematoria – the Nazi attempt to destroy evidence of their Crimes Against Humanity. Auschwitz-Birkenau was the largest Nazi killing camp, where approximately 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered.

Auschwitz-Birkenau has become a symbol of the horror of industrialised murder, and what can happen when hatred is left unchecked.

Today, we commemorate HMD on the anniversary of the liberation of the camp. We can all use HMD as a time to reflect on where we are now. We remember the victims of Nazi persecution and murder, and those killed in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. " from the HMD website.


Holocaust archive at the BBC

Holocaust Memorial Day Trust
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