Holocaust memorial day 2019. Credit: Armin Rodler/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0
Holocaust memorial day 2019. Credit: Armin Rodler/Flickr/CC BY-NC 2.0

Hatred is becoming a political tool

We do not like to remember the sad or horrible things that happened to us.

But memories should be kept in mind so that we do not forget a beloved person who is gone. Or tragic events that cannot be repeated.

Sad and horrible things do not only happen to one person, but also to large groups of people.

Among these is the Holocaust.

The word Holocaust denotes the mass murder of Jews and members of some other nations, races or ethnic groups during World War II.

Many of them were killed in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Those who survived until January 27, 1945 lived. At that time, Russian soldiers marched into the camp and freed them.

It was precisely because of the horrors that took place during the Second World War that the General Declaration on Human Rights was drawn up. It says that all are born free and have the same rights.

Every year, on 27 January around the world, numerous events are prepared to remember and mark the events.

Before this day, the European Commission published the results of a survey on the opinions of Europeans on anti-Semitism. This has shown a huge gap in the experience of anti-Semitism. Eighty-nine percent of Jews say that anti-Semitism has increased sharply over the past five years. At the same time, only 36 percent of the general public think this way.

On average, only four out of ten Europeans believe that the Holocaust is given enough attention in schools, and 34 percent of respondents do not know that Holocaust denial is a crime.

According to the First Vice-President of the Commission, Frans Timmermans, hostility is again becoming a political tool, and the Jewish communities are too often living in fear of discrimination, abuse and even violence.


Points to Consider

  1. Why many pictures of Auschwitz show train tracks?
  2. Do you know any books or movies on this topic?
  3. Have we learned anything from WWII.?



The original version of this article was published on January 24th.

English translation courtesy of JL Flanner, Total Slovenia News, an English language website with news from and about Slovenia.


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