The Holocaust is the darkest episode in our shared history. The horrors and brutality that faced the Jews of Europe was unprecedented, and defies human understanding. 6 million men, women and children were murdered, while the world looked on. It changed the landscape of Europe, and irrevocably changed our understanding of man’s capacity for inhumanity.
But during the Holocaust there were also examples of the best of humanity – men and women who, against desperate odds, in the face of the gravest danger, risked their own lives to save others, often complete strangers. While others chose to participate, collaborate, or stand-by as the Nazis exterminated Jews across the continent, they chose to act to make a difference.
Karen Pollock is the Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust.
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