Today marks the 70th Anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, a day which many of its inhabitants never thought would come. To us now it is hard to imagine what happened, in fact to anyone with a heart it is hard to comprehend how human beings could be treated so badly.
To listen to the survivors, to see where they were held sends a shiver through my sign. I’ve never visited the camps, although one day I hope to visit, to pay my respects to the people. Whole families destroyed, lost and people murdered for just their own beliefs.
It is important we learn from this, we listen and never forget. This kind of terrible hatred has been seen in France recently and must not continue, if we can’t stand together then what happens next?
I could have written this factually but I wanted the emotion, I wanted the feels of passion that I have for these people, for the Jewish community. We didn’t live through this and slowly the survivors are dying after sharing with us the terrible sights they lived through, shared their pain. We owe it to those who were brave enough to talk, to remember as much as we can and try to prevent such terror happening again.
I pay my respects to those lost and thank those who survived.
We will not forget you.