Yesterday was Holocaust Memorial Day. Auschwitz was liberated by the Russians on 27th January 1944 and the 27th January is now the day that we remember the 6 million Jews who were murdered by the Nazis and other genocides such as Rwanda.
Man’s inhumanity to man cannot be underestimated and despite the knowledge of these atrocities, the genocides still occur.
While on holiday in 1992 I visited Auschwitz and Birkenau in Poland and also Dachau, the first concentration camp in Germany. Not the most uplifting holiday that I have had! I think I remember seeing mountains of spectacles and hair in the museum / memorial but it is the overwhelming feelings of anger and sorry that I will never forget.
My thoughts yesterday were primarily with those who have been murdered.
Even though human inhumanity to humans continues and must continue to be challenged, human inhumanity to non-humans continues often without any challenge at all.
My meditations yesterday kept coming back to the appalling damage that we are doing to our seas and the life in them, the dire state that our atmosphere is in and the continued rape of the Earth through actions such as fracking. While these are often not conscious or direct in the way that the genocides are, they are now being known as ecocide. But what hope to we have to stop ecocide when we can’t seem to stop genocide?
But it is hope that we we must foster. It is vision that we must create. We must build ourselves stories, narratives and myths that can underpin a future that is free from genocide and ecocide. A future that inhumanity is not a part of but is not forgotten.