The theme for 2018 is The Power of Words.
Words can make a difference – both for good and evil.
‘I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I am so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s in me. When I write I can shake off all my cares; my sorrow disappears; my spirits are revived.’ – Anne Frank, written in her diary, 5 April 1944
Spoken and written words from individuals, corporations, community organisations or the state, can have a huge impact, whether good or bad. The theme for HMD 2018 explores how language has been used in the past, and how it is used in the present day.
(Extracted from http://hmd.org.uk/resources/theme-papers/hmd-2018-power-words)
Join us in remembering the millions of people who have suffered and died during the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and many other parts of the world. Let us promote tolerance and inclusion for other people and their beliefs. We have listed below some ideas on how you can raise awareness.
- Read/listen to a poem: http://hmd.org.uk/sites/default/files/the_butterfly_by_pavel_friedmann.mp3
- Write a postcard: Visit the Diversity Board at Outsource HQ and read the life story of Sedin Mustafic, a survivor of the Genocide in Bosnia. Write a postcard not as a way of reminding the survivors of what happened but as a way of using the power of our words for good, to let them know their story is being learnt and that they are remembered.
- Find activities in your area: http://hmd.org.uk/event/find