View from the House: It is our duty to talk about Holocaust

PUBLISHED: 09:45 30 September 2017


When I was growing up in the 1970s, there was a naïve belief that anti-Semitism had been dealt with, at least as far as this country was concerned.

At that time, the National Front was mainly concerned with attacking African-Caribbean communities and those from the sub-continent.

The Second World War was still a vivid memory and there were many thousands of men and women around who had served in the forces or witnessed the Blitz. There were also, crucially, Holocaust survivors who were determined to tell the world about their experiences.

Leon Greenman, for example, who lived for most of his life in Ilford, spent decades speaking at schools and community organisations about his horrific experiences in Auschwitz.

The Second World War is now slipping from memory into history and I strongly suspect that this is connected to the fact that there seems to be a rebirth in anti-Semitism.

In the online world, there are truly repellent views readily available, views which are sometimes every bit as bloodthirsty and crazed as those disseminated during the 1930s.

It is the duty of those who are elected – councillors and MPs – to talk about what happened in the thirties and forties.

Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to remember the horrors of the past, to point out how deluded are the Holocaust deniers and the anti-Semitic bigots, and to do all we can to make sure nothing like it ever happens again.

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