Welcome from the Chairperson

 

The Holocaust was unprecedented in history.  It was the attempt by Nazi Germany to destroy the Jewish people of Europe, their history and their culture, and to murder other peoples because of their ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs.  Persons, groups and governments made choices that legalised discrimination allowing prejudice and hatred to flourish that would ultimately justify and facilitate mass murder.

The fear and uncertainty which prevailed in 1930s Europe nurtured the extremes which unleashed this cataclysmic disaster on the world but the Holocaust did not emerge from nowhere.  It was the result of seeds sown over many years. Those who perpetrated the Holocaust were, like their victims, ordinary men and women. Yet, given fertile ground for hatred, they became killers and the world became a dangerous place.

Through its educational programmes, HETI seeks to promote understanding of the ramifications of antisemitism and other forms of prejudice and intolerance. We teach about the dangers of bigotry, stereotyping and discrimination. HETI encourages respect and acceptance for all people.

Our vigilance and resolve to fight hatred and fear whenever it emerges will ensure that the Holocaust cannot, will not, and must not be repeated.

 

Eibhlin Byrne

Chairperson, HETI