Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, where we remember everyone who perished in the Holocaust and other genocides around the world. We also remember those whose lives were irrevocably torn apart and damaged by the horrors that they faced.
For me, like many other Jews, the Holocaust has had a very personal and widespread impact on my family. Many members of my family died in the Holocaust, and I’m only here because out of all my Grandpa’s big family, his parents alone made it out alive.
I grew up hearing stories and testimony about the evils of the Holocaust, and the words that have always rung in my ears are Never Forget. I was taught that we must listen to the words of the survivors and then ensure that the world never forgets about them.
We need to honour the memories of the dead so that they themselves are not forgotten, but we also need to remember the evil men and women who were the architects of so much pain and death so history never repeats their actions.
So to do my small part to ensure the world never forgets the Holocaust, I’m sharing some photos that I took when I visited Poland. I went with a small group and we visited Auschwitz concentration camp, some Jewish cemeteries and memorials, the remembrance museum in Krakow and we also visited some of the very tiny Jewish community that still live there: