How can life go on?

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Yourviews -

Thethe­me­for­thisyear’sHolo­caust Me­mo­rial Day on Jan­uary 27 is ‘How can life go on?’

It raises chal­leng­ing ques­tions for in­di­vid­u­als, com­mu­ni­ties and nations in the af­ter­math of the Holo­caust and sub­se­quent geno­cides.

At about 6,000 events tak­ing place across the coun­try, peo­ple will re­flect upon the hor­rors of the past and re­mem­ber those who were killed, while hon­our­ing all those who sur­vived and went on, with brav­ery, to re­build their lives.

EveryJan­uary, when­welis­ten to the tes­ti­mony of sur­vivors, we­don’tjust learn alit­tle more about the dark­est chap­ters of hu­man his­tory, we are al­sore­minded­ofwhere­ha­tred and big­otry can lead if left un­chal­lenged and unchecked.

To­day, that les­son is more im­por­tant than ever, which is why I urge you to at­tend an event in your com­mu­nity, listed here www.hmd.org.uk

In our film for Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day 2017, Bea Green, a sur­vivor of the Holo­caust, tells the story of how she­and­her­fa­ther­w­ere­forced to flee Nazi Ger­many be­cause they wereJewis­hand­howNa- zi law en­cour­aged the hu­mil­i­a­tion they faced.

To­day in the UK such per­se­cu­tion is un­law­ful, but peo­ple still face prej­u­dice and hos­til­ity be­cause of who they are.

This Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Day, let’s learn from the lessons of the past to cre­ate a safer, bet­ter so­ci­ety.

You can play your part by watch­ing the film on how­can­life­goon.hmd.org.uk and shar­ing it on so­cial me­dia so that Bea’s story is seen by as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.

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