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Why Is the Holocaust Memorial Day so Important?

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“Why is the Holocaust Memorial Day so Important?”

Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on 27 January each year. It’s a time for us to pause to remember the millions of people who have been murdered or whose lives have been changed during the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and in other genocides in Cambodia, Bosnia, Rwanda and Darfur. HMD (holocaust memorial day) has taken place in the UK since 2001. HMDT (holocaust memorial day trust) was established in 2004 in May and during its existence the number of activities held for HMD has grown by over 350%. The chosen date is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp by the Soviet Union in 1945. During the Second World War, over 6 million Jews, homosexuals, blacks and many other groups were killed by Nazis in the holocaust. In all, an estimated 11 million civilians and prisoners of war were murdered by Nazi regime. We should remember the holocaust because it is the greatest mass murder in the history of the world and that no one should ever go through that kind of pain and suffering ever again. The holocaust is not the only example of genocide in the last 70 years: Cambodia, 1975-1979, Communist Khmer Rouge seized power in 1975. He emptied the cities of people and forced them to work on collective farms. Those considered to be threat to the peasant class- including doctors teachers and lawyers or if you were just wearing glasses-were murdered. People were shot for listening to radio, laughing or crying. 2 million were killed during this genocide. Rwanda, 1994, during the space of 100 days, one million Tutsis and Hutus were murdered. This happened because the Hutus accused the Tutsis of shooting down the president’s plane and killing him. The leaders urged the Hutus to go out and kill the Tutsis. They were supported by local politicians who gave them places to do the killing. In many cases, people were killing their neighbors. Bosnia, 1995, 7500 men and boys were killed in fields, warehouses...