We see the horrors endured across the world and become hardened to them. When we talk of millions or even thousands dead our minds shut off to the horror.
We have all listened to the news of some huge disaster, watched the pictures of it, but have only cried when it has focused upon a single child or even pet dog.
Everyone knows the name Anne Frank but can you name all the other children, jewish, black, disabled, homeless, orphaned that were hunted and killed by the Nazis? I cannot. Can you relate to the thousands on families the wedding rings mark the destruction of? Not me.
We talk about the Holocaust in Germany, but other countries were also complicit in this one Holocaust, our own country has been responsible for similar horrors. We were responsible for millions of deaths over hundreds of years in India, Africa, America, Australia, Asia, China, infact in two thirds of our world.
We now are letting the horror grab hold across our world once again. The rise of fascism, of hate of the xenophobic right wing political movements is leading to more death and cruelty.
Even now we are allowing our own government, our rulers to be complicit it the deaths of thousands due to the greed of our establishment. No longer is imperialism the driving force, it is simple greed. And why do they get away with it? Because they are expert at distraction, at lies and at turning blame onto the vulnerable.
So yes let us remember the Holocaust of then, of before and of now, and work to stop future ones. Actions not just ideals!