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A survey commissioned in 2019 revealed the shocking result that over half of British people did not know that at least six millions Jews had been murdered during the #Holocaust.

#HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness…
The #Holocaust, as a topic, has been part of the national curriculum in England & Wales since its creation in 1991. The 2014 iteration of the national curriculum has the Holocaust as a firm part of key stage 3 history – compulsory for all 11 to 14-year-olds in state schools.
However, research into what school pupils in England know about the #Holocaust shows that - like swathes of the adult population who are subject to highly partisan & divisive newspapers - they lack knowledge about its context.
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Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, the annual remembrance of the six million Jews, Roma, Trade Unionists, LGBT+ and disabled people murdered by the Nazis and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

#HMD2022 #LightTheDarkness #OneDay
With each passing year, the Holocaust fades from living memory and it is so important that we educate ourselves and our children of the industrialised mass murder committed in the name of ideology. Particularly as modern genocides continue to unfold, such as the Uyghurs in China.
The theme for this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is One Day. You can find out more about this year’s theme here…
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Today marks #HolocaustMemorialDay, a day of remembrance for the millions of Jews, Roma, disabled people, and LGBT who were murdered due to their identity. A time to reflect on the horrors of our past and the subsequent genocides following the Holocaust.
With the rise in ethno-nationalism and hatred in both the UK and throughout the world, #HMD2022 serves as an apt way to come together and remind ourselves of what we owe to each other. We owe each other solidarity, standing up for one another against hatred.
Each year since being in the UK I have had the opportunity to stand with Holocaust survivors and bear witness to their stories as they stood witness to my own story too. These are not just fragments of our past. Genocide is not something to debate. It's not something to forget.
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Gena Turgel married the British soldier who helped free her from the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Now her wedding gown is going on display at the @I_W_M

Less than six months after the camp was liberated, Gena married Norman Turgel in 1945
The British press covered their union with joyous headlines hailing the ‘Bride of Belsen’
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So: a short thread about the ongoing effect of the Holocaust (also called the Shoah) cos it's #HolocaustMemorialDay #LightTheDarkness #NeverAgain I grew up in a wealthy Jewish family in Edinburgh in the 70s. Nobody mentioned the Shoah. People didn't want to upset or scare kids./1
At the age when most kids learned Santa wasn't real, 1 of my Jewish pals found a video of a BBC doc about the death camps. They shared it. We were terrified. We came from families that had left places (Russia in the 1880s/1910s), Hungary, Germany None of us had realised why /2
My family regularly had summer parties. Big buffet. Music in the garden. Maybe 100 folk. We had a big house. It was at one of these parties I made the connection that some of my parents' friends (ie some of my friends' parents) had survived what had happened. /3
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Tomorrow on #HMD2021 we remember victims of the genocidal Nazi regime and of the many acts of other governments in the years since and in today. As it’s @Humanists_UK 125th anniversary and a year for humanist history, I also want to think about the Nazis' humanist victims. 1/9
In 1933 the Nazi government banned humanist and other freethinking and secular groups. Hitler boasted he'd won his ‘fight against the atheist movement’ and ‘stamped it out’. That year Hitler made many speeches saying that only Christian organisations could be permitted 2/9
The largest organisation that found itself banned was the Deutscher Freidenkerbund. It had 600,000 members and was founded just 15 years before @Humanists_UK. Its headquarters were confiscated and given to the Protestant churches, who converted it into a Christian mission 3/9
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