Holocaust Memorial Day


Imagine, if you can what a thousand paper clips looks like. Now times this by ten and you have ten thousand clips, times by ten and you have your image of one-hundred thousand…. Keep going and you might just have some sort of image of a million paper clips!

Here are the figures of the people killed from 1933 to 1945 by the Nazis and their allies:

11 million people were killed during the Holocaust (1.1 million children). 6 million of those victims were Jewish. Other groups targeted by the Nazis were Jehovah’s Witnesses, homosexuals, disabled people, and Gypsies. 

Now see if f you can think of one paperclip as as a starved, beaten, shot, gassed human being whose crime was being born a Jew, a gypsy,  have a belief in Jehovah or you were considered subhuman because you had a disability or a sexual inclination that was not “normal”.

Can you ever possibly conceive of a million of these victims no mind eleven times that amount?

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for everyone to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed beyond recognition during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On HMD we can honour the survivors of these regimes and challenge ourselves to use the lessons of their experience to inform our lives today. 27 January marks the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. – See more at: http://www.hmd.org.uk/page/why-mark-27-january-holocaust-memorial-day#sthash.Ou8NlEzg.dpuf

Remember, teach the children about it and strive to eradicate these events from our world.

About malbell

I am a retired Teaching and Learning Consultant. Previously I was a Primary school headteacher and deputy headteacher. I enjoy reading, doing MOOCs and learning new things.
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