holocaust memorial day
27 January 2015
Holocaust Memorial Day: Keep the Memory Alive
As well as Holocaust Memorial Day, this date also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration and death camp, and the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica.
Stephen Fry and British artists launch Memory Makers project
Stephen Fry joined British artists and Holocaust and genocide survivors to launch a new arts project in which survivors' stories will be explored through writing, poetry, ceramics, film, illustration and collage.
The Memory Makers project
The resources below are created jointly by the Council of Christians and Jews, and Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI), for Christian churches. They are intended to offer a range of materials in which to explore the theme of Keep the Memory Alive; what remembrance is; how to deal with enmity and achieve true reconciliation, ecumenically, between Jews and Christians, and in wider interfaith relations.
Holocaust Memorial Day 2015 resource pack (from CCJ)
Background to Holocaust Memorial Day
One of the most painful realities for European Christians to deal with is the past complicity of many Christians and churches in the Nazis' attempt to exterminate the Jewish people. A long history of Christian anti-Semitism that fed into numerous persecutions of the Jews, up to and including the Holocaust/Shoah, has also been acknowledged.
Christians and churches can engage with the issues relating to the Nazis Holocaust, and relations with the Jewish community, in numerous ways.
The Roman Catholic Church addresses Jewish-Christian Relations through the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The Commission of the Holy See for Religious Relations with the Jews has important documents that are invaluable resources.
The Council of Christians and Jews, the Centre for Jewish-Christian Relations in Cambridge and the Beth Shalom Centre all provide resources and opportunities for further study and reflection.
In 2002, the United Kingdom Government set up Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January each year) which remembers the suffering of the Holocaust/Shoah and other Holocausts (for example in Cambodia and Rwanda). The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust provides resources for the day itself, as well as general material. They also offer a regular email-based newsletter.