Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

Posted by jonathanfryer on Thursday, 27th January, 2011

Cities round much of the world will be marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day today, as several years ago the United Nations designated 27 January, the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp. Last night, the Slovak Embassy in London held a memorial event that mixed glorious music (courtesy of members of the Slovak National Opera) with moving testimony by Holocaust survivors and other reatives of those who perished in the worst case of genocide in human history. The Jews were the largest group who were condemned by Hitler’s Final Solution, but as a Polish rabbi who spoke at the event pointed out, political prisoners, gypsies, homosexuals and the disabled, amongst others, all were declared undesirable and destined for extermination. It is hard to credit that there are still Holocaust deniers in this world, given all the physical and documentary evidence, which is why it is important that new generations are made aware of what happened. And even those, like myself, who often find the policies of the present Israeli government towards the Palestinians despicable — as well as illegal — and so campaign for justice and respect for International Law in the Middle East, must not forget what happened to the Jews in the last century.

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One Response to “International Holocaust Remembrance Day”

  1. Be prepared for the REAL holocaust!

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