Today marks the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp in 1945. So it's no surprise that in 2001 the date became the 'Holocaust Memorial Day'.
Millions lost their lives in that tragedy. And while the world remembers them, Literature has made them immortal. Their pain and suffering, something we should never forget. The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has an fantastic bibliography section with the names of books inspired or written about the genocide. See it here. And while you are there, consider joining the Build a Bridge campaign to stop discrimination and hatred in your local community.
On my latest article for Lancashire Life Magazine, I talk about the work of Italian-Jewish writer and Auschwitz survivour, Primo Levi. Not his autobiography, If This Is a Man, which is equally powerful, but the book based on his last essay - The Drowned and The Saved, a powerful account of the psychological effects endured by the prisoners during and after their imprisonment. Read the article here.
Primo Levi committed suicide just after finishing this essay. A very powerful account and statement, indeed. One we should all read in order not to allow it to be repeated not only on a large scale, but also on our everyday lives and local communities.