Wednesday, January 27, 2010

holocaust day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) – commemorating the day in 1945 on which the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau.
In 2005, to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation, I remember watching a brilliant, powerful musical memorial on BBC television featuring an orchestra and singers performing in the camp itself. The HMD Trust urges people to take an opportunity to use some time today to pause and reflect on what can happen when racism, prejudice and exclusionary behaviour are left unchecked. Watching this clip would certainly aid any such reflection (from the BBC programme, featuring Henryk Gorecki’s wonderful Symphony no.3 “Sorrowful Souls”).

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