Monday, 26 January 2009

26 January

Good morning from a cold but sunny eastern Holland. We had a frost overnight, which is lifting only slowly. The sun is out, although high cloud is moving up from the west to obscure it later. The walks of the last two days have left me with some sore muscles - not enough exercise apparently.

Avalanches have claimed 13 lives over the weekend. Three people died on Buachaille Etive Mor in the Scottish Highlands, southeast of Fort William. Another ten perished in an avalanche in Turkey; some of those have not yet been recovered from the snow.

Tomorrow is Holocaust Memorial Day, in which the victims of the persecution of Jews and others, deemed to be sub-human by the Nazis, are remembered. 27 January 1945 was the day the Auschwitz / Birkenau concentration camp was liberated. Yesterday, a ceremony was held at a memorial in Amsterdam, attended by some representatives of the Dutch Muslim community. Their presence was hailed as a move towards greater understanding between Muslims and Jews in Holland.

1 comment:

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I did enjoy the pictures. I'd be more than a little sore doing a walk like that one. I'm going to strive to do more when the weather clears up here this year.
'On Ya'-ma