Holocaust Memorial Day is as much about the future as the past
Richard Ferrer talks about why we really should never forget the evil that was carried out by the Nazi regime.
As we approach a time when there will be no more survivors, focus is intensifying on recording their stories and learning the lessons of then - for now
Last week a Conservative Party investigation found MP Aidan Burley had “caused deep offence” by organising a Nazi-themed stag party and buying an SS uniform for the groom. Members of the group reportedly chanted: “Mein Fuhrer”, “Himmler” and “Eichmann” and toasted the Third Reich.
Mr Burley, who was forced to resign as a ministerial aide, is not anti-Semitic. Nothing he has said or done before or since suggests otherwise. This was simply a stupid, badly-judged stunt. Any 10-year-old, let alone an MP, should have damn well known better.
What’s most troubling is that his idiotic behaviour says something much more worrying about wider society.