Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day
On this day, over 60 years ago, the horror that was Auschwitz was liberated by Soviet troops and the reality of what had been happening behind the fences started to seep out into the world
I read so many history books about the era, to not mention it would seem disrespectful in some way. The people who suffered and were murdered is the most horrific chapter in the pages of WW2.
As much as I read about this sort of thing, about the Third Reich, about Dunkirk, about The Blitz, nothing shocks me more or stays with me as long as something about The Holocaust. I could live for a thousand years and never be able to get my head around why. I have come to various conclusions as to how. It is the why that I shall never understand. Not on a political or a religious level. Not even on a prejudice level.
On a human level.
It used to bother me how many pictures and film reels that exist, documenting acts of evil against innocent people. But now I am older, I realize that these images serve as a reminder to the future of what can happen when humanity counts for nothing.
I shall be keeping a candle on tonight in their memory and trust that, although they suffered, they suffer no more.