Each year on 27 January, Holocaust Memorial Day here at St Bede's and St Joseph's we hold a Day of Prayer. We pray for people who were killed in the Nazi Holocaust and for people who have been killed in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
This year the theme is ‘DON’T STAND BY’. In our services we highlight individuals who tried to help those who were being persecuted – people who just didn’t stand by but tried to help; such as Sir Nicholas Winton (1909 – 2015) who rescued 669 children from Czechoslovakia in 1939.
The aim of Holocaust Memorial Day is to educate people so that they know what has happened in the past and will be more likely to stand up and speak out about wrongs which happen in the future before they can escalate out of control.
“Genocide never just happens. There is always a set of circumstances which occur or which are created to build the climate in which genocide can take place”. (HM Trust)
Each morning this week we will pray especially for children killed in the Holocaust – every students has been given a different prayer card containing the name of a child who has been killed.