Sunday, April 27, 2014

Holocaust Remembrance Day

As my friend The Rev. Nicholas Temple reminds me, the 24 hours that began at sundown today (Sunday, April 27) and end at sundown tomorrow constitute Yom HaShoah (יום השואה), or Holocaust Remembrance Day.

The image above is of identification papers issued by the occupying German forces to Jewish residents of Krakow (or Krakau, in German spelling), Poland. All of these people may be presumed to have died in the Holocaust. The image is from an article posted on January 27, 2012 in The Northerner Blog of The Guardian. January 27, the date of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, largest of the Nazi extermination camps, is recognized as International Holocaust Remembrance Day or Holocaust Memorial Day, in many countries.

The Guardian story is about remembrance of the Holocaust in the City of York, England, which itself, in medieval times, was the site of a massacre, reminiscent of Masada.

Nick's post, linked in the first paragraph, includes a list of mass killings subsequent to the Holocaust. Even on a smaller scale, but just as heinous, murder based on ethnic or religious prejudice continues today.