Source: Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales
Holocaust Memorial Day is marked on 27 January each year and is a time to remember the millions of people murdered during the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides which followed including Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. It helps us to learn more about the past, empathise with others today, and take action for a better future.
Listen to the story of a 97 year old holocaust survivor; Stella Zylbersztajn-Tzur, here: www.cbcew.org.uk/holocaust-survivors-story/. She was placed in Losice Ghetto in eastern Poland at the age of 15 but was able to escape during its ‘liquidation’ on 22 August 1942. The majority including her mother were killed.
Resources for Churches produced by the Council for Christians and Jews offer further explanation of the theme as well as poetry, psalms, prayers, a Scriptural reflection, further reading and more.
The Council of Christians and Jews is a nationwide forum for Christian-Jewish engagement.
As well as the PDF resource, the Council of Christians and Jews offers the ‘One Day’ Prayer that can be said on or around Holocaust Memorial Day: www.cbcew.org.uk/the-one-day-prayer/
Speaking shortly after a visit to Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, back in 2020, Bishop Declan Lang, the Chair of the Bishops’ International Affairs department, gave a short message on Holocaust Memorial Day.
Listen here: www.cbcew.org.uk/bishop-lang-holocaust-memorial-day/
Our photographer has visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp on many occasions – some in the presence of Popes.
You can view the full photo album on the Catholic Bishops Conference Flickr photostream: www.flickr.com/photos/catholicism/albums/72157718046179312/
Memorial Vigil with the Iona Community
Holocaust Memorial Day Vigil with the Iona Community at Iona Abbey on Thursday 27 January 19.00-19.30.
In partnership with Interfaith Scotland, there will be reflections & prayers from Iona Abbey, with music from island musicians and contributions from people from different religious traditions.