Today, 27th January, is Holocaust Memorial Day.
A time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
January 27, 1945 was the day the Auschwitz concentration camp in modern-day Poland was liberated by the Soviets, nearly eight months before the war officially ended.
Today we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives for the future.
Holocaust Memorial Day began in the UK 2001, and has been marked every year on the same date since.
Each year has a theme, including ‘remembering genocides: lessons for the future’ and ‘one person can make a difference’.
There is a strong focus on trying to ensure mankind doesn’t repeat the horrific mistakes of its past by learning from the Holocaust.
The 2018 theme is ‘the power of words’, the idea being words can make a difference – both for good and evil.
We’re fortunate here in the UK; we are not at risk of genocide. However, discrimination has not ended, nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion.
You can lean more by visiting the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website, a charity that promotes and supports Holocaust Memorial Day.