In two recent emails we had comments on the Holocaust being remembered in death camps while there is much less commemoration of our families’ plights, and a comparison of the level of suffering of our families with those of the Holocaust.
I think it more helpful to our purpose, and less likely to cause unintended offence or argument, if we avoid “them and us” comparisons. All suffering is terrible, all commemoration of victims from anywhere is to be lauded.
We all want to see more recognition and commemoration of the Kresy deportations; we can work for this without comparison with the Holocaust.
Similarly we can fully appreciate and remember the scale of suffering of our families without needing to compare it against the scale of suffering of the Jewish, Roma, homosexual, and Russian POW victims of Nazism.
That way I think we honour our families best.
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