It’s Holocaust Memorial Day, a day to remember the fact that sometimes some humans can transform themselves into more vile creatures than any demon of the Pit. And also to remember that some were transformed to the opposite extreme, risking torture and death to save lives that could otherwise have ended in the dreadful ovens. And it’s not just a historical remembrance, we remember so such an event should never recur. Ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia only a few years ago is sadly only one reminder of how easily these horrors can recur, even in Europe, the extreme right groupings feeding on the ‘hunger politics’ of austerity ridden global economies in many nations, stirring hatred by blaming ‘migrants’ is another, because we know where that kind of bigoted scapegoating leads to. Jews, gypsies, homosexuals, the physically and mentally disabled, slavs, the more troublesome POWs, the brave women and men of the various Resistance groups who stood up to the Nazis and every other person who has been a victim of despicable oppression and persecution since.