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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.

MildredIsMyAlterEgo Mon 28-Jan-13 00:08:47

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

Watched it earlier and it was indeed very moving. It's incredibly saddening that human beings are capable of such atrocities towards fellow men.

I went to Auschwitz a few years ago, DP is Polish and has family members who perished there. It is a sobering experience (understatement). I'd like to go back but I know for sure I will find it a lot harder now as a parent sad

DP's own father is only alive because he managed to escape being shot and fled to a nearby forest where he lived for a while. He was 7 or 8 at the time

Thanks OP for the reminder

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 27-Jan-13 23:47:34

Thank you, lurked.

We remember.


skratta Sun 27-Jan-13 23:46:07

Thanks for the reminder.

My mother was seven and lived in Denmark. She and her family were Jewish, although I'm not as such, and were helped and managed to escape to Sweden (I am Swedish). Her uncle was killed, and her brother was shot and kilted. He was only ten, and was shot because he was Jewish and coughed when he was trying to hide.

I know how lucky she was, compared to millions of other people, killed for being just who they were. I hope no one ever forgets what happened.

porridgeLover Sun 27-Jan-13 23:28:20

Thank you for the reminder OP. I didn't know that.
I too feel it is something we must never forget happened (and has echos in the Balkans/Rwanda etc).

Softlysoftly Sun 27-Jan-13 22:51:44

I'm watching the programme now heartbreaking and so matter of fact.

I'm so scared this could happen again with Islam if the bnp had their way.

FooffyShmoo Sun 27-Jan-13 22:43:20

My son did a reading at a remembrance service at the town hall. There were schools of all denominations invited as part of inter faith remembrance and understanding. Was just lovely and moving and sad and a wonderful thing for the children to be part of. DSs yr 6 have been creating holocaust art and learning so much about it all. And so they should. It's so, so important.

eminemmerdale Sun 27-Jan-13 21:57:32

My dd is also 7 and has asked us questions already - maybe from catching glances of tv programmes, or maybe because we have several books around the house (DH modern history graduate who studied this a lot) She was curious as to who 'Randolph Hitler' was and why he was bad, so I very simply explained that he was a very unkind man who didn't like a lot of people who he thought were different to him and he made lots of other people not like them as well, and that he was so horrible he wanted them all to die. We ended up having a good chat about how we are really all the same etc. She has a minor disability as do I so we touched on things like that too. The whole concept of mass murder and gas chambers is far too much for that age, but Ds and his class watched and read 'the boy in the striped pyjamas' in year 6 which I think was about right.

diaimchlo Sun 27-Jan-13 21:54:41

No one should ever forget.

pumpkinsweetie Sun 27-Jan-13 21:53:09

Yanbu thanks

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?

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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

Lest we forget

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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.

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

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

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.

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


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.

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.

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