Holocaust Remembrance Day
This year is the 63rd anniversary since the German Nazi concentration camp in Oswiecim (Auschwitz) was liberated on January 27th 1945. Commemorative ceremonies will be held worldwide to mark the occasion, including those at the site of the former camp which is now run as a museum and educational centre. The nearby and much larger camp at Birkenau will also stage a series of events.
Only eight thousand people were liberated, including five hundred children, from Silesian region's biggest graveyard which witnessed the deaths of 1.2 million. The Nazis 'death march' evacuation prior to the Russian Red Army freeing the camp killed thousands of the 50,000 emaciated victims of the Nzis brutality.
In Warsaw a symbolic empty train to represent the absence of Jewish people in Warsaw will be transported through the territory of the former Jewish district and Jewish ghetto.
At noon tomorrow all the top knobs of Polish society will don their best suits and stand in front of the memorial of ghetto heroes, amongst them Church figures who have long sowed the seeds for anti-semitism in Poland. It would be a fantastic occasion to lambast the racist millionaire media mogul, Father Director Rydzyk and his band of anti-semitic Radio Maryja warriors. To strip their access to the corridors of power, expecially amongst the former Law and Justice led government that had hot and cold relationships with them (things turned cold when the Kaczynski brothers weren't racist enough) would certainly be worthy of this day.
Not much matches the awesome inhumanity of the Nazi death camps, but the need to create a better environment for safeguarding human rights for ethnic and sexual minorities, etc. still exists today in Poland and throughout the world. Homophobia is still rife in Polish society and as has been reported here already, anti-semitism still rears it's ugly head too frequently.
Holocaust Remembrance Day was established 3 years ago by the United Nations.