Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Holocaust Day

Holocaust Day in Southport saw a packed Hall at a town centre Church. Michael Braham- the 'go to man' when you need a Master of Ceremonies in the town-presided.. Lessons were read, prayers were said and impressively intoned. The prophet Micha from the Hebrew Bible proclaimed his vision of a better world where the Lord:

..... shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken it.

The theme of this years Holocaust day was 'building bridges' Michael listed the many groups picked on by the Nazi's; Jews, Romanies, gay people and those with disabilities, trade unionists and many more besides. He spoke of those communities that have faced genocide since for example in Rwanda and the Balkans and of the situation today in Syria. He too proclaimed a vision of a better society where 'none were enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. ' The event concluded with the token being planted by those present

Of the many contributions the ones from KGV students retelling their visit to Belson, Pauline Colliers learned  and enlightening talk along with the nonagenarian Rabbi Kaye offering stick in the mind-as does the speaker who applied the lessons to our own communities and the need to build bridges so that the hatred and scape-goating we have witnessed in the world does not take root here.

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