Interfaith Week is an opportunity to strengthen and develop interfaith relations at all levels, to provide an increasing awareness of the different and distinct faith communities in the UK, and to celebrate the contributions made by people of different faiths to their communities and to wider society. Inter Faith Week is also a time to gain greater understanding of peoples’ faiths, as well as involving those who have no specific religious beliefs.
During the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the subsequent genocides in Cambodia and Bosnia individuals and groups were targeted and persecuted as a result of their religious beliefs or the religion they were perceived to belong to.
Between 1933 and 1945 the Nazis conducted a campaign to annihilate European Jewry, starting by introducing anti-Jewish legislation preventing Jews from participating in everyday German life. This campaign of hatred eventually led to Jewish people being specifically targeted for extermination because of their ethnic and religious identity.
In the genocide in Bosnia around 8,000 men and boys were murdered at Srebrenica, simply because they were Muslim.
During Interfaith Week, HMDT asks you to remember those who have been persecuted simply because of the faith they were born into or the beliefs they held. By working together as people of different beliefs, we can help to create a safer and better future and put an end to discrimination and hatred in the UK today. We can draw on the courage and determination of those who survived genocide and rebuilt their lives. Many survivors were protected by brave members of their communities, whose selfless actions reaped no reward and often posed a risk to their own lives and the lives of their families. During the Holocaust many Albanian Jews were saved by their Muslim neighbours. After the war people from these communities were given the title of ‘Righteous Muslims’.
HMD activities can provide an opportunity for faith and interfaith organisations to commemorate and celebrate how those who hold differing beliefs can work together in neighbourhoods and wider society. Explore our free Get involved guide for faith and interfaith audiences
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