In all the hoopla surrounding the federal budget, it would seem that people have forgotten the other important thing happening today: Holocaust Memorial Day. Try as I might, I can’t find much in the way of news, or even reference to it, outside of the UK – with the exception of the Chronicle-Herald, our local bird cage liner.
Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the death camp at Auschwitz, where 1.6 million persons were exterminated without mercy. January 27 has been chosen as an appropriate date on which to remember all victims of the Nazi death camps.
I wonder why there is no mention of the significance of the date? Is it because of the disastrous course of action embarked upon by Israel in its punitive attack on Gaza? Beijing York is just one of many bloggers out there who discuss the issue with passion and conviction. I sincerely hope that this is not the case, for it would be wrong to ignore the tragedies suffered by gypsies, homosexuals, slavs, etc. who suffered at the hands of the Nazis, and, quite frankly, opposing the actions of a government shouldn’t be interpreted as a statement of hatred for a people – as we have seen, there are those in the Israeli population who oppose the wanton destruction as much as any of us in other parts of the world. To condemn all because of the actions of a few is an example of the worst qualities of human nature, and the very thing we are trying our best not to repeat. And that is why this day is worth noting.