Holocaust Memorial Day: Stand Up To Hatred

January 27 is Holocaust Memorial Day,  the international day of remembrance for the victims of the Holocaust and of other genocides. The aim is to commemorate victims, honour survivors and confront prejudice, discrimination and racism now. HMD is marked each year on 27 January – the anniversary of the date of the liberation of Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. This year the theme is Stand Up To Hatred and explores the expression of hatred in speech and propaganda; how hatred can be enshrined in legislation; the impact of hatred on those who are regarded as different; hate crimes in Britain today and what we can all do to stand up to hatred in our own communities.

The Holocaust may have ended over 60 years ago, but its lessons remain as relevant as ever. The theme of this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, on January 27 (marking the liberation of the Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau) is “Stand up to hatred”. Recent months have seen a rise in hate crime in Britain. There is evidence of growing Islamophobia and antisemitism; the Jewish community have been particularly subjected to attacks following conflict in Gaza.

From an article by Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, in the Guardian.

Henyrk Górecki – Symphony No. 3, Op. 36

This video dramatizes the themes of Gorecki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs. Performed by David Zinman, conductor, and Dawn Upshaw, soprano. Gorecki is from Katowice, not far from Auschwitz. The Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is based on poetry dealing with motherhood and separation through war.  The text of the second movement heard here comes from a message found inscribed on a Gestapo prison cell wall in 1944 by an 18 year old girl, Helena Wanda Blazusiakowna.

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