Letters: Holocaust Day

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The Independent Culture
Sir: The idea of a day devoted to the memory of the Holocaust has far too narrow a focus and could prove divisive .

The outrage inflicted on the Jews of Europe was deeply wicked and should never be forgotten . It is, sadly, not unique. Other peoples have suffered and continue to suffer. We should remember the brutalities inflicted on innocent people in Kosovo , Rwanda, Cambodia, East Timor, on the Kurds and the Palestinians, in a depressingly long list .

Rather than an exclusive Holocaust Day, we should consider instituting a Day of the Oppressed. This would help us all to focus on man's inhumanity to man in its many manifestations, to dwell on the present and future as well as the past and to strengthen our collective resolve to oppose such injustices wherever they occur .


Trumpington , Cambridge