Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is 'Holocaust Memorial Day'.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated internationally on 27th January each year. This date was chosen as it is the anniversary of the day in 1945 on which the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Thanks to everyone who followed the link to the HMD website and lit the virtual candle in memory of those who suffered.


deboraw said...

Graham, This should be a sobering event. One that needs to be heeded. Deboraw

Bible artist said...

Yes indeed Deboraw. It was no surprise that there was little coverage by the BBC!

nahum said...

Dear Graham,
I very much appreciate your sensitivity , and reminder of Holocaust memorial Day.

Paul Green said...

Each new generation discards the past. Lessons learned are lost to time. The Holocaust is one of numerous "ethnic cleansing" events throughout history. I am certain there will be many such appalling events in the future because basically mankind doesn't change.

There have been many attempts at revising the truth of the Holocaust. Sadly there is a section of society that believes it never happened. Revisionism is denial of the truth. But a look at today's media and the internet will soon tell you fewer people are interested in truth or history. They prefer to talk about trivia. Stephen Fry "drools" over owning the new iPad. We are in dumb and dumber land and the tragic facts of history are swept under the carpet by a youth driven media that views the past as something their great grandfather experienced. Of no consequence to the hi-tech present.

deboraw said...

Paul, I sadly must agree. In my research for a novel I'm currently working on dealing with the depression/dust bowl era, one sad statement in the reasoning behind the holocaust was that people of that era believed they were too far advanced for that sort of thing to happen (or be happening). No, human nature doesn't change, and as long as those who profess to follow God allow evil to set the standard for our lives--well I shudder. I would rather live in a cave than under the boot heel of a tyrant--may we always, at least, be allowed that choice. Deboraw

Bible artist said...

Excellent comments everyone thanks.

When I was illustrating the story of Abraham and Sarah, I was reading again all the amazing promises made to Abraham and his descendants. When God chooses a people, it should come as no surprise when those same people suffer at the hands of those who oppose God and His purposes.

The holocaust was one of many attempts to annihilate the nation of Israel. Sadly, the church did not do enough at the time to stand against this evil.