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To remind people it is Holocaust Memorial Day

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Crumbs1 Fri 27-Jan-17 22:24:30

We should remember and teach our children to remember.

PamplemousseRouge Fri 27-Jan-17 22:44:30

Thanks OP - absolutely agree that it's very important to continue to remember and educate others about this.

manicinsomniac Fri 27-Jan-17 22:48:05

We had a special assembly at school for this, led by the daughter of a holocaust survivor ... yesterday!

Don't know who got the wrong day but YANBU, of course. So many of the children didn't know what the holocaust was even (7 - 13 year olds) which shows how important it is that we keep it in public knowledge as children grow up.

ButteredToastAndStrawberryJam Fri 27-Jan-17 23:19:20


BagelGoesWalking Fri 27-Jan-17 23:26:36

Lit our memorial candle tonight.

LaContessaDiPlump Fri 27-Jan-17 23:32:19

We caught a CBeebies segment on this at around 7.30 his morning - a short animated sequence depicting the internment of Jewish people in concentration camps. I thought it was moving and sombre yet appropriate for children - very well done.

My 4.5yo wasn't paying attention but my 5.5yo was. I told him that some boys and girls didn't have their mummies and daddies in the camps, and he said 'So they couldn't call their mummies or daddies to help them if they fell down?' with a look of real worry on his face. It broke my heart sad he needs to know that these things happened though. We all need to remember.

Willow2016 Fri 27-Jan-17 23:34:51

My ds2's class last year did WW2 as a topic and went to see a survivor of the holocaust in our local theatre talking about her experience and about the book she had written.

I was watching the documentary tonight about the army films that were made when they liberated the camps and he watched some of it and asked questions and talked about but didnt watch it all as he is a really sensitive soul and it was pretty graphic so he went upstairs to bed.

Never understand the people who say it didnt happen, dont they have eyes?

OrcinusOrca Sat 28-Jan-17 00:57:12

I watched Anthropoid tonight. Not featuring the Holocaust but was rather apt and made me think. I think Auschwitz is something everyone should see in their life time. I don't think I've ever felt like I did there before. So eerie. All those souls.

TrollTheRespawnJeremy Sat 28-Jan-17 00:59:55

My dd is 7 and I haven't discussed it with her yet. (To be fair, we have no TV in our house so she won't have heard news bulletins etc.)

I think it's far too heavy a weight for young shoulders. Im of Jewish heritage, I fully intend to share it with her one day but not until she is older.

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Sat 28-Jan-17 05:54:39

That the Tutsis and Hutus massacred each other in huge numbers with machetes?
And that Richard the Lionheart ordered the killing of the entire of Antioch
And that Buffalo Bill near wiped out the indigenous American population..
And that Timojen slaughtered the entire of the forbidden city
And don't forget Pol Pot
And the disappeared in Chilie
And Sarajevo
And Schrebrinetsa

The list is huge. But yesterday the TV program was all about one people who have suffered a pogrom.

CaoNiMa Sat 28-Jan-17 06:06:25

What do you mean, Itsnot?

NewIdeasToday Sat 28-Jan-17 06:21:24

Unfortunately ITSNOT's list just shows that humanity doesn't learn.

Very moving coverage on Twitter including the St Louis Manifest- showing the fate of hundreds of Jewish refugees who made it to the US and were turned back to Europe meaning most of them died on the camps. Tragic.

PenelopeFlintstone Sat 28-Jan-17 06:27:37

It has a FB page with lots of personal stories to read and Share.

AlbusPercival Sat 28-Jan-17 08:16:21

I cried my eyes out yesterday.

I've always been aware of how horrible it was of course. But DH is Jewish, though not practicing.

We have a baby son.

Under nazi rules my tiny bundle of gorgeousness would be killed.

Really brings home the horror.

mambono5 Sat 28-Jan-17 08:22:21


I always wonder what people like you are actively doing against the horrors that are happening today, right now, in various parts of the world. Are you happy to just moan about the TV and other people efforts in the duty of remembrance?

saoirse31 Sat 28-Jan-17 08:30:46

Dont know but maybe itsnoteasy is making a point about what we choose to commemorate and dont choose. If so its a valid point. Remembering others doesn't lessen anyone remembering holocaust.

"People like you are doing" mambono5? Do other people not have a right to express a view on an internet board, the same thing you are doing?

We should remember the holocaust, and other atrocities too.

Bambambini Sat 28-Jan-17 08:31:50

The holocaust was in recent history and carried out in such a chillingly organised, business like, massive scale - by people who are our neighbours, who were just like us. It's incomprehensible really.

Bambambini Sat 28-Jan-17 08:34:22

"all about one people who have suffered a pogrom."

This phrase doesn't sit well with me.

mambono5 Sat 28-Jan-17 08:39:05


I don't disagree at all with someone asking what else we are doing to remember other horrors, it's a valid question. I do believe that people trying to play down or even question the reality of the holocaust show why it's so important to never forget and we all have a duty of remembrance. It doesn't mean we should ignore everything else, and even ignore the mass slaughters happening today.

What I don't agree at all with is the dismissive tone "But yesterday the TV program was all about one people who have suffered a pogrom". It's distasteful.

wowfudge Sat 28-Jan-17 08:39:30

It isn't true either. The Nazis also ruthlessly murdered Roma, the disabled, mentally ill people, gays. They murdered six million Jews. That is a huge number of people, human beings. It should be remembered and never forgotten.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Sat 28-Jan-17 08:43:34

What I don't agree at all with is the dismissive tone "But yesterday the TV program was all about one people who have suffered a pogrom". It's distasteful.

As someone who lost family in the Holocaust, I agree.

wowfudge Sat 28-Jan-17 08:46:39

And the Holocaust was designed to systematically wipe out Jews in Europe - it wasn't really anything to do with the Nazis' war aim; it was an add on because they could. Part of their ideological stance on people they consider beneath their aryan ideal. The horror of it was the dehumanisation of others. The fact they documented it all with such precision is truly chilling. The Jewish people have a long history. I think some people in our society don't like the fact that they stand up and call out the murderers still.

CaoNiMa Sat 28-Jan-17 08:48:04

Of course we can remember other atrocities, but it's Holocaust Day. The day set aside predominantly to remember that one.

Our modern era shoul be called the "But What About" Era. What about the men if women march? What about other atrocities if we remember the Holocaust?

wowfudge Sat 28-Jan-17 08:54:34

Well said Cao.

PigletWasPoohsFriend Sat 28-Jan-17 08:58:15

Well said Cao

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