As part of our project we’re asking others why they think it is important for young people to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides. We were so pleased and honoured that the first person who gave us their thoughts on the issue was Stephen Fry.
We thought that Mr Fry’s answer to the question was hugely powerful and meaningful. In his words to us Mr Fry told us a story about a time when he was seven or eight years old. A time when he came across a black and white photograph of a group of about twenty people – an image that he asked his mother about. His mother told Mr Fry that these were members of his family who were murdered by the Nazis. Far from all that being a thing of the past, Mr Fry warns us that, even today
‘There are people who do not believe that all human beings are really brothers and sisters, all part of the human family. These people will join marches and vote for politicians who promise to “deal with” the minorities they don’t like.’
Finally, Mr Fry told us ‘We remember the Holocaust so it cannot happen again. We remember it because we believe in the value of all human lives.’
We were inspired by Mr Fry’s remarkable response and are sure that you will be too. Please read Mr Fry’s answer to our question in full on our website. We hope that it might prompt you to send us your thoughts about why it is important for young people to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides.