Holocaust Memorial Day

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Holocaust Memorial Day is an international day on the 27th of January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

The Holocaust Memorial Trust (HMDT) encourages remembrance in a world that has suffered horrendous genocides. “The Holocaust threatened the fabric of civilisation, and genocide must still be resisted every day. Our world often feels fragile and vulnerable and we cannot be complacent. Even in the UK, prejudice and the language of hatred must be challenged by us all.” (HMDT)

The theme for this Holocaust Memorial Day is “Torn from Home.”  According to the Holocaust Memorial Trust, this theme has paramount significance in remembering the lives of those lost during the holocaust. They write, “Torn from home encourages audiences to reflect on how the enforced loss of a safe place to call ‘home’ is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. ‘Home’ usually means a place of safety, comfort and security. On HMD 2019 we will reflect on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of, or wrenched from their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.” (HMDT)

Prayer

Today we remember what many of us have never experienced or seen

  • The millions of Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust
  • The millions torn from home and removed from all that is familiar and subject to abuse and degradation
  • Those parts of the world where ethnic cleansing is still a reality
  • Those people seeking asylum and a safe haven in the light of violence and war

Lord teach us to accept our differences without fear and remove all prejudice and hatred from our hearts,   Lord hear us…

Lord, may every human community flourish and every home be secure according to your loving purpose, Lord hear us…

Lord, help us to imagine the world as you would have it be and to strive for it no matter how impossible that might appear, Lord hear us…

The Bishops’ Committee for Interreligious Dialogue