Holocaust Memorial Day

Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, when we remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis, along with victims of subsequent genocides. At a service at West London Synagogue, young people read accounts of the White Rose, a non-violent, intellectual resistance group in the Third Reich led by a group of students and a professor at the University of Munich:

‘Cast off the cloak of indifference you have wrapped around you. Make the decision before it is too late!’  More than half a century has passed since the White Rose called out these words before their arrest and death. . . . Each new generation, including our own, realizes that those words are really addressed to us.  Again and again, we feel their deep echo. . . . Each person is responsible for what he does and for what he allows to happen.  In the darkest moment of 20th century history, the White Rose demonstrated this truth.

– Richard von Weizsaecker

The whole world
is a narrow bridge
– but the essential thing
is never to be afraid

– Rav Nachman of Bratslav