Imagine waking up to find that the neighbours you have known all your life and even sat next to at school, now walk past you without stopping, now forbid their children from playing with yours, now spit at you and even attack you.
Imagine having nowhere to turn, that the walls are closing in and that there is no escape. Imagine that you have done nothing wrong, yet you are to be punished nonetheless and no one will stand by you.
On Holocaust Memorial Day – 27 January 2013, we asked you to remember and stand by those who were forced to live through these experiences. We want you to honour those communities which were destroyed in the Holocaust, under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
The 2013 film, Lessons learnt? directed by Richard Cousins and produced by BDA Creative, focuses on a school photograph in which ethnic diversity and expressions of individuality are gradually erased. It highlights the theme of HMD 2013 of Communities together: build a bridge, by encouraging us to guard against exclusion by making connections within our communities. It reminds us that the strongest communities are those that respect difference.