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Sixty-eight years after Auschwitz: Why we still remember

January 27, 2013 By: seeta Category: Anti-Racism, Civil Rights

From The Independent:

Every year on 27 January since 2000, this day has been known in the UK as Holocaust Memorial Day.

This day honours the memory of the Holocaust’s victims and marks the Soviet liberation of the concentration and death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, 68 years ago on 27 January 1945.

Every year the world says “Never Forget” to genocide. But Cambodia, Ethiopia, Darfur, Indonesia, Rwanda and Bosnia are just a few examples that serve as reminders that the world forgot its promise.

As the mass media once again turns its annual spotlight onto the Holocaust, academics, museums teachers and communities prepare special activities and events and the remaining Holocaust survivors tell their stories once again.

The theme for this year is ‘Communities Together: Build a Bridge’, honouring the communities that have been destroyed and ravaged by genocide, as well as reflecting on the significance of stamping out discrimination in our communities.

Today and all last week in the lead up to Holocaust Memorial Day, there have been events all around the country – in schools, universities, town halls, community centres – to educate people about the Holocaust and its contemporary relevance.