The British Humanist Association Chief Executive Andrew Copson commented on the commemorations being held for Holocaust Memorial Day:
‘The liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau on the 27th January 1945 symbolised an end to one of the most disturbing episodes of human history. It is for this reason that this date acts as a moment when we can collectively recall the many innocent victims of Nazi genocide, including members of fellow humanist groups that were persecuted during this period of totalitarian rule.’
Mr Copson continued ‘This collective call to remembrance unites communities across the boundaries of nations and beliefs, but for humanists it has particular significance. Recognising the dignity of the individual and treating them with fairness and respect are at the very core of humanist values; values which were so startlingly absent during the holocaust. This day serves as a reminder for all of us to challenge the injustices we tragically witness today, and the dogmatism that fuels them.’
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The British Humanist Association was founded in 1896 and is the national charity promoting Humanism, campaigning for a secular state and an open society and representing and supporting non-religious people.