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to let you all know tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day

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lurkedtoolong Sat 26-Jan-13 22:00:10

Sunday is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and on HMD we remember the victims of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and later genocides. Please take a minute to visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website to find out a bit more.

And sorry for hijacking the board - back to wank-badgers vs cunt-weasels now.

The most heartbreaking book I have ever read is Holocaust by Martin Gilbert.

Should be required reading for every sixth form student.

LayMizzRarb Sat 26-Jan-13 22:41:18

We don't know how lucky we are, do we?

AudrinaAdare Sat 26-Jan-13 22:50:09

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

Thanks OP thanks

gordyslovesheep Sat 26-Jan-13 22:50:48

Thank you x

Dominodonkey Sun 27-Jan-13 01:08:01

YANBU - Haven't heard much about it this year. Am a teacher and at my last school we always did a day of holocaust/genocide related learning. My dept was allocated the Rwandan genocide and I realised that my knowledge of genocides since the Nazi holocaust was woefully poor.

DeepRedBetty Sun 27-Jan-13 01:09:25

YANBU thanks

LadyBeagleEyes Sun 27-Jan-13 01:12:32

I didn't know, Op.
I will remember tomorrow, I can't read about it anymore, because it breaks my heart. I'ts a world of evil that I can't even imagine.,

NatashaBee Sun 27-Jan-13 01:15:03

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Sianilaa Sun 27-Jan-13 07:55:35

We should never forget.

I've visited Auschwitz and it was the most unpleasant thing I've ever experienced. The sheer horror of it is just unthinkable.

MammaTJ Sun 27-Jan-13 07:59:26

I have just seen a moving interview with a lady who escaped to come to the UK on BBC news.

It is important to remember in order to prevent it happening again.

Gigondas Sun 27-Jan-13 08:03:39


Iamaslummymummy Sun 27-Jan-13 08:48:07

Remembering my great grandparents who lost their lives in the holocaust. If it wasnt for Nicholas Winton who arranged the kinder transport to get children including my Nana out of Prague, I wouldn't be here to remember them. We must make sure that our children never forget.

Flisspaps Sun 27-Jan-13 08:52:06

This is the very thing that makes me want to become a history teacher.

TheCollieDog Sun 27-Jan-13 09:33:28

Thinking of my MiL who escaped Dachau as a teenager. It's not history for some people - it's their life.

And sadly, the poison of anti-Semitism is alive and well.

Adversecamber Sun 27-Jan-13 20:39:43

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chicaguapa Sun 27-Jan-13 20:48:29

I worked in a college for a while and they held a Holocaust day each year, with survivors who came and gave talks about it. I listened to a guy who was at Bergen-Belden when he was 10 and only survived because his mum was half British. I remember when he finished there was just a stunned silence and I had to stand up and finish off by thanking him for coming. I could hardly speak. It was incredibly moving and very upsetting.

Dawndonna Sun 27-Jan-13 20:54:23

When ds one was baptised, we took the person we wanted to be his Godfather to meet the Catholic priest. It was wonderful to see common ground being reached over whisky. My son had a Jewish Godfather. A man much loved and respected who lost all his family in Aushwitz.

PotteringAlong Sun 27-Jan-13 21:03:21

I am an RE teacher and I was incredibly proud of the work my pupils did last week on building bridges (this year's theme).

Every year we take 6th form to Auschwitz with the trip the Holocaust Education Trust run.

Such an important day to remember.

chicaguapa Sun 27-Jan-13 21:17:58

And this is why RE is still an important curriculum subject (but that's another thread.)

backwardpossom Sun 27-Jan-13 21:25:17

YANBU. There's a film on BBC 1 at 10:25pm tonight that everyone should watch - Prisoner Number A26188: Henia Bryer. Very moving.

thegreylady Sun 27-Jan-13 21:32:10

Lest we forget

eminemmerdale Sun 27-Jan-13 21:39:49

Recording that programme - this thread reminded me. It is so incredibly important that we continue this for ever.

SuffolkNWhat Sun 27-Jan-13 21:43:15

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Jinsei Sun 27-Jan-13 21:50:13

Thank you for reminding us OP. I have read quite a lot about the holocaust and I visited Dachau years ago. It was harrowing. However, no matter how much I learn about what happened, I don't think I will ever really get my head around it. It is simply beyond comprehension, but indeed, we must not allow ourselves to forget.

DD is 7, and doesn't really know anything about the holocaust yet. Do people think it's too early to start discussing this sort of thing? When should kids start to learn about it?

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