“Be the light in the darkness” is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day, January 27th, 2021
From the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust:
“Light a candle and safely put it in your window to remember those who were murdered for who they were; to stand against hatred and prejudice today.”
From Pope Francis:
“To remember is an expression of humanity. To remember is a sign of civility. To remember is a condition for a better future of peace and fraternity.”
Be the light in the darkness today.
On Holocaust Memorial Day heartbreaking images and words from the memorial ceremony held today at the gates of the Auschwitz concentration camp on this 75th anniversary of its liberation.
“Be not indifferent” are three of those powerful words that were spoken as we remember all those children, women and men who were murdered and who are in all of our thoughts today.
The Eternal Flame in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem,
which I drew on July 11th 1967.
The photos were taken from the BBC transmission.
The Holocaust Memorial, Berlin.
Conventional wisdom would think that we might learn something from the past but today, Holocaust Memorial Day, the President of the United States signed an executive order that will stem the flow of refugees into his country, refugees fleeing a modern day holocaust.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”
we read on the Statue of Liberty, “the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Lets hope that the lamp will be lifted again very soon as we pause to remember the millions lost and “tempest-tossed” both yesterday and today.
The image of the Holocaust Memorial has been repurposed from my post Lost and Found in September 2014