On 27 January each year we remember the 6,000,000 Jewish men, women and children, Sinti, Roma, Black, disabled, and many others, including gay people, who were killed in ghettos, mass-shootings, concentration camps and extermination camps during the Holocaust. The Holocaust was a process that started with discrimination against Jewish people, and ended with millions of people being killed just because of who they were.
An estimated 10-15,000 men who were accused of homosexuality were deported to concentration camps. Many were castrated. They were starved, worked to death, and subjected to medical experiments. Collective murder actions were undertaken exterminating hundreds at a time.
After the Holocaust, the world said ‘Never Again’. But humanity has failed to learn lessons, and genocides continue to happen around the world, to this day. People are still discriminated against today because of their religion, their race, their sexuality, their gender, or another element of their identity. Whilst there is no immediate risk of genocide here in the UK, the number of hate crimes recorded each year is increasing. Holocaust Memorial Day provides us with a reminder that we must challenge prejudice, discrimination and hatred.
Be the light in the darkness is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. Please visit the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust at www.hmd.org.uk for more information and links to the photographic exhibition, online ceremonies and events.
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