Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2023 Theme- “Ordinary People”

Hatred is something we must fight against

Every year on 27th January Holocaust Memorial Day or International Holocaust remembrance day is observed to pay tribute to millions of victims who were murdered under Nazi Persecution and the genocides committed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur.

When did the Holocaust Happen?

During the Second world war between 1941 and 1945 when the German Nazi party led by Adolf Hitler murdered around six million Jewish people across the European countries to eliminate the Jewish people.Not only Jewish Nazis also killed millions of other innocent peoples like disabled people, Roma and Sinti people, political opponents and others. At that time every 7 out of 10 Jewish were killed in Europe.

Genocide history of Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur

  • The Cambodia genocide happened from 1975 to 1979 led by Khmer Rouge who promoted communism in Cambodia due to which 1-2 million people died because of starvation, disease, and exhaustion, and thousands were executed.
  • Rwanda genocide took place in 1994 which led to the killings of Tutsi, Twa and Hutu people in just 100 days.
  • Bosnian genocide or Bosniak genocide occurred in 1995 in which more than 8000 Bosnian Muslims were killed by the Army of Republika Srpska under the command of General Ratko Mladic.
  • Darfur genocide also known as Land Cruiser War took place in the Darfur region of Sudan, it began in 2003 it resulted in the death of black African civilians by Arab militia.

Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 Theme

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2023 is -“Ordinary People”

Every component of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur involved ordinary people. Common people were responsible, helped, witnessed, and suffered, all at the same time.

Typical individuals aid in genocide. The average person turns a blind eye, believes the propaganda, and even joins evil regimes. Moreover, victims of genocide are not targeted for their criminal records; rather, they are targeted and killed solely because of their membership in a specific group (eg, Roma, Jewish community, Tutsi).

Why mark Holocaust Memorial Day?

Holocaust Memorial Day is a day that spreads the message of humanity and not to hate, or to exclude people because of the color of their skin or religious beliefs they follow. Instead, we should work together to create a safer and better future.

Swikriti Dandotia

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