Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.
This year’s Holocaust Memorial Day theme is ‘Stand Together’, and coincides with the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide.
Councillor Garry Perry, Portfolio Holder for Community said, ‘Each year across the UK, thousands of people come together to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future. The aim of Holocaust Memorial Day is to learn more, empathise more and do more for those who endured genocide, and to honour the survivors and all those whose lives were changed beyond recognition. Raising awareness about those affected demonstrates how the lessons of the past can inform our lives today and ensure that everyone works together to create a safer, better future.’
A memorial event to commemorate the victims of genocide will be taking place on Wednesday 22 January at 12.30pm at St Paul’s Church, Walsall, WS1 2QH. The event is open to all and there will also be an opportunity to discuss the ways in which we can create stronger, more united communities so as to prevent future acts of discrimination and prejudice. A short film will be shown introducing the Righteous of the Nations and there will be a dedicated reading, a ‘call for unity’, with candles to be lit in memory of the victims of genocide.
To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day visit www.hmd.org.uk
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The image is of the memorial plaque located at the entrance of the Council House, that was unveiled in 2001 to mark the first Holocaust Memorial Day.
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