On Holocaust Memorial Day we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. HMD provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to challenge hatred and persecution and create a safer, better future.
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2017 theme: How can life go on?.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust have produced a short film that challenges us to think about how we can support those who face hostility today and create a safer society together.
Below are some quotes from genocide survivors about the aftermath, their response and concerns for the future. These are taken from the HMD website.
“For the survivor death is not the problem. Death was an everyday occurrence. We learned to live with Death. The problem is to adjust to life, to living. You must teach us about living.” Elie Wiesel – author and survivor of the Holocaust
“‘The sight of someone dressed entirely in black would also trigger a memory – the uniforms of the Khmer Rouge. And for a moment it could paralyse me as if I was under a spell… Memories seep back to me in ways I hadn’t imagined.” Chanrithy Him – survivor of the Genocide in Cambodia
“Sometimes there is nothing you can do about a particular individual or the situation. Therefore retaining the anger in your heart continues to bring pain and bitterness to you and may affect your children in future. Forgiveness is therefore not for the other person, but for you who are bitter. When you forgive, you heal yourself.” Jean Paul Samputu – survivor of the Genocide in Rwanda and musician
“I’m afraid that Europe is forgetting its past and that Auschwitz is only sleeping. Anti-Gypsy threats, policies and actions worry me greatly and make me very sad.” Ceija Stojka – Roma Auchwitz survivor