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.
The challenge of Holocaust Memorial Day this year is for us all to ‘Stand Together’ against atrocities anywhere in our world.  We can strive to make connections, we can learn from the past and use our knowledge to discern where there is trouble now and be part of the healing process.  We can make connections between our heads and our hearts, and also offer this possibility to other people.

We can be like the old rug flapping in the breeze, stirring hearts and offering insights and a vision of a future world of peace, hope and justice.

We can:
Stand together with others in our communities in order to stop division and the spread of identity-based hostility in our society.
Assist persecuted people, including refugees in our communities.
Speak out against persecution everywhere in the world.
Christians Aware has useful resources. ‘A Child of Our Time,’ is Ruth David’s story of coming to England on the Kindertransport.