I missed it yesterday, but Holocaust Memorial Day is something of great importance to us in Europe. It provides an opportunity for us to learn from what the Nazis did during World War II and the entire philosophical and political fabric in Europe that made such evil possible only twenty years before my birth, in a modern and supposedly enlightened age in the twentieth century.
It brings us to meditate upon our own prejudice of people on account of their religion, race or anything else that sets a group apart as a minority. Never again should people be murdered because of their race, religion or state of health. January 27th is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp. Most of the victims were Jewish, but many others fell into different categories that the Nazis hated and deemed to be unworthy of life.
This day also encourages us to pray for those who died in the concentration camps or who were summarily done to death by the Nazis. As Rabbis and other devout Jews pray Kaddish, let us unite our Christian prayers with that intention.