Kylie lang

The Courier-Mail - QWeekend - - CONTENTS - Kylie Lang on Sun­day, to­mor­row in The Sun­day Mail

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Big­otry, racism, geno­cide – what we hu­mans are ca­pa­ble of is stag­ger­ing. Atroc­i­ties per­pe­trated by people in the name of bias or be­lief have poi­soned his­tory like a fes­ter­ing wound. Each gen­er­a­tion has its own crimes against hu­man­ity, whether they touch us di­rectly or hap­pen to oth­ers. To­mor­row marks Yom HaShoah, when Holo­caust re­mem­brance ser­vices will be held across Queens­land. Nazi Ger­many’s at­tempt to stamp out the Jews is one of the most heinous crimes of the mod­ern era, but the suf­fer­ing of mil­lions is not for­got­ten. This week we meet three Queens­lan­ders who en­dured enor­mous pain and hard­ship dur­ing World War II but who are com­mit­ted to shin­ing a light on the lessons of the past. Their hope is that people to­day, par­tic­u­larly chil­dren, re­alise that the sins of the fa­thers need not be re­peated. In the words of 18th century Ir­ish states­man Ed­mund Burke: “Those who don’t know his­tory are des­tined to re­peat it.”

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