We should never forget the cost of idealism, ambition and greed. It leads to unacceptable atrocities and tragedy.

Untold Stories – Margret from Holocaust Memorial Day Trust on Vimeo.

These photos and video are from the Holocaust Memorial Day website:

Holocaust Memorial Day provides an opportunity for everyone to learn lessons from the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides and apply them to the present day to create a safer, better future. On HMD we share the memory of the millions who have been murdered in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur in order to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today.

My hope is that people will become enlightened and that hatred and persecution throughout the world will cease to be.

No ‘one’ person can change the world, but everyone can contribute with their thoughts and actions. Those thoughts and actions cause a ripple effect, hopefully towards a better future.

12 Comments CherryPie on Jan 27th 2013

12 Responses to “Holocaust Memorial Day”

  1. Claude says:

    With tears and prayers!

  2. Thank you for sharing this… we must never forget, and always live with compassion and love.

  3. Marcie says:

    Do you celebrate – in the UK – holocaust memorial day now? Here – in the US – we celebrate it in April..and call it as Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day). And – may we always remember..and never forget. Thank-you for sharing this powerful post!

    • CherryPie says:

      As a nation we don’t commemorate the day. But on an individual level many of the people I know mark/commemorate the day. As you say, we should always remember.

      Remembering is the only way we can even hope to not repeat the mistakes of the past.

  4. james higham says:

    And still it goes on, even today in Israel, beset by enemies.

    • CherryPie says:

      As we have discussed before both sides there are as bad as each other. But that isn’t the only place either there are many atrocities going on in the world.

  5. Astrid says:

    I have to admit that I did not know about this holocaust memorial day.
    In 1987, still the Iron Curtain, I visited the Auschwitz Museum. I looked with my eyes, took no pictures, I just could not. I bought a book about it.
    I entered that gate……..The feel of torture and death is still there.
    My grandmother was from Leipzig East Germany), she was not able to visit her relatives until after she was 65 years old, she got a week pass…..
    Too many things go through my mind now.
    People who dare to say ‘nothing happened’ should go to Auschwitz and walk the grounds.
    Wonderful post.

    • CherryPie says:

      Auschwitz is a place I know I have to visit and I know it is a place where I will feel the memories.

      A few years ago I traveled to Prague and one of the places that I visited was the old Jewish Cemetery. To get in to the cemetery you had to enter through Pinkas Synagogue, it is now a memorial to all the Jewish Czechoslovak citizens who were imprisoned in Terezin concentration camp and later deported to various Nazi concentration camps. On the walls of the Synagogue are the names of 77,297 people who didn’t return!

      There was no way I could take a photo of that sea of names and there were tears in my heart as I walked through.

      • Astrid says:

        We have a memorial in Amsterdam in an old Jewish building, also, uncountable names are on the wall of people that never returned. You don’t need a picture. When I close my eyes, I still see all the images……….