- Mia, editor of Tryst3.com Poetry Journal
“The theme for HMD this year is Communities Together: Build a Bridge. I experienced the best and the worst of what this theme is about. I saw the Jewish community of Zabia Wola annihilated. I was sent to Auschwitz because I was betrayed by a fellow-worker. But we would not have survived if the Catholic priest had not supplied us with non Jewish documents. I probably would have starved to death without the German woman who risked her life providing a few morsels of food in the factory.”
Rwandan genocide survivor Sophie told her story of how she survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
“Holocaust Memorial Day is very important, as today people are thinking about the Holocaust and about genocides that have happened since then. I know that the theme this year is Communities Together: Build a Bridge. Yes, my family suffered because our neighbours attacked us – but my life was saved by different people who were around me guided by my God. We must try to build bridges with others and respect humanity despite of differences.”
Lord Sacks, in his last address to mark HMD as Chief Rabbi, paid an eloquent and poignant tribute to the survivors of the Holocaust.
Lord Sacks said:
“I want to pay tribute to the survivors. How they survived I will never know. With an iron will they looked to the future, and with indomitable faith in life itself they refused to let evil have the final word and final victory. They have become my heroes.”
This information and more is available on their website, http://hmd.org.uk/
Thankfully there are many instances of Remembrance in the news. These brave, brave people are still around to remind us of the atrocities of genocide. Here is a woman who lives in Golders Green, London:
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum observed the day with a candle lighting ceremony and a special talk from a resistance fighter from Poland. Please read about it here
We would like to point out that the 2013 Days of Remembrance are the 7th to the 14th of April 2013.
We remember, and we hope you do to.
Lastly, we would point out how you can go back and read earlier Episodes and Intervals.
Please go to the right of the page, and click on any year, or any date. You will find all of the published posts there.