The recent atrocities in Paris – the shocking yet all-too-familiar sight of European Jews murdered, yet again, simply for being Jews – made this year's Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies even more poignant and sombre. And alongside the spectre of old hatreds clothed in new ideologies walk others, less lurid but more inexorable: time itself, and its companion, silence.
For decades the history of our people in the Second World War has only focused on the tragic losses of the lives of million of our ancestors.
The Holocaust is an ever-present part of our collective past; but one aspect that is often neglected in society and even our own reflections on the events of the Second World War is the role that Jewish soldiers played in fighting against the Nazi regime.
"I thought, maybe one day I will go into this crematorium and I will never have experienced a true love's kiss."
Standing metres from the place where her family was murdered, Auschwitz survivor Halina Birenbaum's voice trembled as she told those gathered about what went through her mind as a young girl at the death camp.
The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as "not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us".
Addressing survivors and leading political and religious figures at the UK's national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, the prince said the Shoah was "an unparalleled tragedy and an act of evil unique in history.
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a commemorative event in Ayr that "if we understand the very worst consequences of intolerance and prejudice, we are less likely to accept them in today's society.
"Remembering the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides, is an honour we owe to the victims.