Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Legacy Of Hope

27th January 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp where some of the worst atrocities during the Second World War were committed.

So it is an apt day to memorialise the suffering.

Natalie Slater advertises an exhibition that is being held in the Broad Street Mall, displaying historical documents about the persecuted Dutch teenager Anne Frank as well as highlighting ongoing areas where incidents of cultural tension have flared up.

Former Mayor of Reading, now director of Reading Council of Racial Equality, Rajinder Sophal offered the unanswerable comment:
"We have seen some worrying signs in recent times that those people who prefer division and conflict are using the current economic downturn as an excuse to take support from ordinary people. History teaches us this is a slippery slope to deep racism and Holocaust Memorial Day is a good way for us all to increase vigilance and to unite our communities."
David McKnight advertises a seperate exhibition being held at 43c Peach Street, Wokingham.

Meanwhile the political debate about the appropriate way to mark the event rages on the left.

Cllr John Ennis attended the official 'Legacy of Hope' event at the civic centre where a range of speakers urged greater action against hatred and persecution.

He comments that he is in agreement with the argument that "it is the pursuit of power, influence, resources and particularly money that acts as a pretext for genocide and war."

Meanwhile Jane Griffiths goes on Salterwatch noting that her former Labour colleague promised to attend the event, but didn't turn up... it can only be assumed he got caught up in his nets when he went fishing, or he had some vital election planning to do.

For more information visit the HMD website and light the virtual candle of hope.

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Update: Adrian Windisch and Rachel Eden also mark the day.

Martin Salter catches up and lights a candle at the 'hard-hitting' Broad Street Mall exhibition, although martinsnottheone raises a question mark.

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