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We won’t learn from history if we forget history of Holocaust

There have been discussions around whether or not the time has come to put commemoration of Holocaust Day behind us and move on (DebateNI, January 29). The answer is: absolutely not.

There is, of course, the argument as to how long we should continue to mark such important events. We will all recall the extensive coverage of the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, in addition to the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the Second World War.

I noticed little dissension as we showed our respect for those who fought to retain our freedom, much of which is swiftly being eroded in the face of a different kind of conflict; random ruthless acts of terrorism in the name of religion.

Future generations of historians will be sure to ask the same question: what have we learnt? As a civilisation, not a lot, it would seem. There is barely a corner of the world in which there is not some strife, reported daily for us all to see.

Without these reminders of what has gone before, we are in danger of putting the impact of such massacres, whether committed on our shores or elsewhere, out of our minds.

We must not forget, because the failure to remember will mean that we never learn the lessons that history can so vividly teach us.


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