Action Card - January 2020
Holocaust Memorial Day - January 27th - ‘Stand Together.’
‘Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good’.
- Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Europe
Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
It also marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Bosnia
There is a story told of a dog who lived in his family for many years and when he died the family
members were so heartbroken that they decided to have him made into a rug which they would always
have with them. The idea worked very well for a while, but the day came when the people who
remembered the dog had all died. As the rug became ragged, the people who bought the house decided
to throw it away. The house was cleared and cleaned and the rug was thrown out of a window. For one
brief moment it moved in the breeze and the old dog reappeared.
Many of us who read about the Holocaust today have no memory of it, and though we may be
aware in our heads we may also be unaffected in our hearts. We may absorb knowledge
without it changing our actions in the world. In the early 1990s, when the film about the
Holocaust, ‘Schindler’s List’ was attracting large audiences in Europe and America, a
shocking genocide was taking place in Rwanda which most people did nothing to stop.