Holocaust Memorial Day
The national Holocaust Memorial Day takes place each year at the end of January. This year is especially poignant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and the 25th anniversary of the Genocide in Bosnia.
The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust chooses a different theme each year to enable audiences on Holocaust Memorial Day to learn something new about the Holocaust and genocide. This year the theme is ‘Stand Together’. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours and speaking out against oppression.
We have highlighted Holocaust Memorial Day to local schools, faith groups and youth groups in the borough and have invited them to join us to learn more about the past and take action to create a safer future.
Barry Nash, chair of the Community & Wellbeing Committee, said “We are all aware of the increasing schisms in society and we need to stand together with others to stop division and promote respect and understanding between different communities. We can all do something to support others within our community - by using our voices, presence or influence”.
You can learn more about the Holocaust and the genocides which followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, and Darfur on the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust website