Today is Holocaust Memorial Day, dedicated to the rememberance of the victims of the Holocaust. The reason it's on the 27th January is because it's the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Russians in 1945.
There was an article in The Daily Telegraph this weekend about Sandhurst Comprehensive School which organises an annual trip for pupils to visit Auschwitz. It's a moving article in itself, but more so because one of the pupils on the trip is Sam Wade, who many of you will know as both a fine young man and one of the drummers in Ethos (our youth band). Part of the article says this:
"Greif leads the group from barrack to barrack to look at simple displays of devastating intensity. The whole side of one room is a glass cabinet of human hair banked in grey clouds. Hollie, Hannah Oakford and Miss Martin quietly begin to cry. Throughout the day, whenever someone cries, someone else comforts them. Behind the crowd, Sam Wade walks slowly up and down, head lowered, only glancing sideways at the hair.
Walking towards the coach, I ask Sam why he wouldn’t look at the displays. 'I just wanted to pray,’ he says. 'I’m a Christian so I went to the back and prayed. I prayed that the families could almost forgive the Germans.’".
Hope you have a great week and to catch you as we meet to pray this week.