Holocaust Memorial Day falls on the 27th January each year, the anniversary of the liberation of the extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, 70 years ago today. This is a day to pause, to grieve for the loss to humanity, and to remember those less fortunate than ourselves.
But it is not a day to be proud that we were not part of the abomination of the holocaust. The rest of the world knew it was coming, and most countries did nothing to help. The Évian Conference in July 1938 warned of what was coming, and Hitler openly stated he would help the Jews leave if they had somewhere to go.
So unless you are a citizen of the Domincan Republic, today is also a day to reflect on the guilt of your own nation.
For all of us, it is a day to resolve to protect and help the vulnerable, whether that’s an elderly neighbour, an orphan on the other side of the world, or a community of people facing extinction at the hands of other men.