Holocaust Memorial Day

Birkeanu (Auschwitz II) in 2014. Photo c. Anna Scanlon

Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, a national holiday in the UK and Italy. It also coincides with the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkeanu.

Being a Holocaust scholar, I couldn't let this day go unannounced. The 70th anniversary is very important for me both professionally and personally--and unfortunately reminds us that although we are 70 years from the horrors of Auschwitz, its shadows remain over us. It feels as if we've come so far, but it only takes a quick scan of the news to remind us that the strides we think we've made are actually so small. Genocide continues. Racism continues. Abuse continues. It sometimes feels to me like humankind never learns from its mistakes. Although it is a depressing thought, it is one we must meditate on not only on Holocaust Memorial Day but everyday. What are we doing to combat racism? What are we doing to combat genocide? And more importantly, what can we do?

I'm sorry this post isn't much, but sometimes it is incredibly difficult to find the right words in circumstances like this. And sometimes I just don't have much to say that hasn't already been said.

BuzzFeed actually had an incredibly classy (I know, right?) post on the Holocaust that I would love to share with you. Reuters visited both Budapest and Warsaw to photograph Auschwitz survivors, some Jewish and some non. You can see the beautiful post here.

If you've been following my blog a while, you'll know I visited Poland in July 2014 learning all about prewar Jewish life and visiting KL Auschwitz-Birkenau and Treblinka. For those of you interested, I have compiled a list of blog posts below, each chalk full of my own photos and links to historical information for further reading:

If you want any book recommendations on any particular aspect of the Holocaust, don't be afraid to request it in the comments or shoot me an email.

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  1. I wouldn't have known it was the memorial day tomorrow, so thank you for sharing! I think it's really important that we remember those who lost their lives and perhaps use it positively in an attempt to combat the issues we still have in the world.

    It's also lovely to see someone write about something different too! xx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

    1. Definitely Sam. Yeah, there is a lot going on for it...it's a big deal this year. Very hard to process sometimes. xx

  2. I'm planning to do something with my teaching tomorrow.

    Lizzie Dripping

    1. Nice! What kind of lesson will you be doing? x


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