Holocaust Memorial Day (UK) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia: "We recognise that the Holocaust shook the foundations of modern civilisation. Its unprecedented character and horror will always hold universal meaning."
Ethnic cleansing was not a new phenomenon at the time. Unfortunately it is still a problem in many places. However, the Holocaust followed an unprecedented development in the science of genetics and as such emphasize how important it is to stress humanitarian principles at the same time as science progresses.
It is my sincere hope that the Holocaust Memorial Day will remain an important event in the lives of people all over the world. A strong emphasis on Human Rights are in my experience important for not again falling into traps set by for example technological development that could enslave man and again cause inhumane selective pressures.
It is even more important to remember the Holocaust as there soon will be no living witnesses left. Also, the recent desecration of the memorial in Auschwitz and anti-semitic trends in Europe speak for renewed vigilance against forces in society that separate out individuals for whatever reason.
The Muslim Council of Britain has been critical of remembering the Holocaust and want other atrocities to also be included. For people being critical in this fashion it should be remembered that the Holocaust is unique based on the systematic and science based annihilation of, as it happened, Jews. It could have been another racial category in another country at the time given the same type of political philosophy.
As the introductory statement of this post indicates, the Holocaust shook the foundation of our society. The US, Nazi Germany and Japan all set out to acquire the atom bomb at approximately the same time. The free world proved to have the edge at this point but it should be remembered along with the Holocaust that the Good needs vigilance.