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Stand Together"I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining, I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it, I believe in God, even when God is silent"

Today, In Ireland we marked holocaust memorial day. Every year the Lord Mayor of Dublin holds a function in The Mansion House at the end of January to commemorate and cherish the memory of all who perished in the Holocaust. It recalls six million Jewish men, women and children and millions of others who were persecuted and murdered by the Nazis because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliations or their religious beliefs. Yesterday's ceremony included readings, survivors’ recollections, candle-lighting and music. It is attended by people from all walks of life and is a dignified way of remembering those who died. 

Ireland's last two Holocaust survivors played a central role at the ceremony. Their names are Tomi Reichental and Suzi Diamond. They told their personal stories about surviving the Nazi regime as young children.

They agreed that as time passes and world war II becomes a more distant event, it has never been more important to educate generations about the inhumanity which man can inflict on man when all that is decent and all that is good is lost.'

There is a belief that the following lines were found inscribed on a wall during the holocaust, I believe in the sun, even when it is not shining, I believe in love, even when I cannot feel it, I believe in God, even when God is silent'.

There is a lesson in there for us all. Even when all seems lost and hopeless, you have to have faith that things will get better.

In the face of the most horrendous, vile and terrifying persecution our Jewish brothers and sisters kept their faith. They stood together in the face of punishment, cruelty and death and they still stand united today. 

Today we remember those who lost their lives in the holocaust. We make a prayer of thanks for them and all they gave to the world. May they rest in peace. 

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