YP Comment: Remembering the Holocaust

Vicky Harrison (from York Minster) lights a candle in the Chapter House of York Minster within the candles depicting the Star of David to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

Vicky Harrison (from York Minster) lights a candle in the Chapter House of York Minster within the candles depicting the Star of David to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

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LIKE the Great War when commemorations grew in size as the world became more appreciative of the sacrifices made by the last surviving veterans, the same also applies to Holocaust Memorial Day as time catches up with those fortunate to survive the Second World War’s Nazi death camps.

At a time when populism is on the march, the haunting testimonies of Jews held in Hitler’s concentration camps are a poignant reminder about the heinous capacity of mankind when extreme views are unleashed, and why the civilised world should pause for thought today to reflect upon the atrocities of the past.

Set in the context of the polarising political landscapes on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s even more reason to remember the sentiments of murdered MP Jo Cox in her maiden address to Parliament when she said “we are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us”. These are powerful words that continue to grow in symbolism and significance.

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