Dame Helen Hyde gave a presentation entitled “Is it important to remember?” to mark Holocaust Memorial Week at an online zoom meeting organised by Watford Labour Party.

She gave a powerful talk explaining the importance of remembering the Holocaust and other genocides in history. Gave a powerful presentation urging us to be the light in the darkness.

Her presentation included use of personal family history alongside individual examples to demonstrate the wiping out of Jewish people. She explained that genocide continues and discussed about the 10 stages of genocide and that we are now living in the 11th, where society becomes complacent and even complicit.

Examples such as Darfur, Rohingya, Yazidi, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia all very recent. She said that, “Action not words are needed from all sides of the political spectrum. Keeping quiet means you are on the side of the perpetrator. We need to remember the past to protect the future. Building bridges to prevent polarisation was necessary and all political groups should be working together to have maximum effect.”

Chairman of Watford Labour Party, Councillor Asif Khan said, “Dame Helen Hyde gave an inspiring presentation. It is important that people are aware of the vile history of antisemitism leading up to the Holocaust and we all need to work together to combat all hatred including antisemitism.”

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