It’s an important day today. A time for reflection, of respect, care and hope for the future.
I’ve just returned home from a commemoration of the Holocaust. There were teachers and students from several schools at the event and it was moving to hear young people talk eloquently about their visit to the museum at Auschwitz. Being there and hearing testimonies from survivors had clearly given them insight into the importance of each of us taking responsibility for our actions. Their words and the passion behind them can bring us all hope that the next generation will take action to prevent another holocaust, another genocide, wherever that may be.
On this International Holocaust Remembrance Day, remembering all affected by genocide, the theme is, ‘How Can Life Go On’.
This is a theme we embrace at Community Resilience Network CIC where our focus is on how life can go on with strength and resilience. Working with our friends in Bosnia has shown that, with support as a community, life after genocide can be meaningful, hopeful and with times of joy.
It’s not about forgetting what happened. There are constant reminders of a past that is overwhelming and often too painful to speak of. It is about learning ways that acknowledge how you feel, and sharing means to calm body and mind so different, more helpful emotions can exist. It’s about working together to build resilience so that, no matter what happens, each community and each person within it is able to live a better life.
In the wise words of Psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor, Victor Frankl,
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.”
To continue our work in Bosnia we need help from our global community. Each little acorn of support, giving and sharing brings hope for a brighter future to many. Click here to find out how you can be involved.