Don’t stand by is the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2016 which is commemorated on 27 January. Across Blackpool Libraries, you will see a number of displays popping up to raise awareness and to recommend some informative and powerful reads to go with it.
Here’s what we’re recommending…
The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed insidious persecution to take root. Whilst some actively supported or facilitated state policies of persecution, the vast majority stood by silently – at best, afraid to speak out; at worst, indifferent. Bystanders enabled the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and subsequent genocides.
Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel has written powerfully about the impact of bystanders:
I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.
Find out more at: http://hmd.org.uk/