Activities move online to mark Holocaust Memorial Day
Telford & Wrekin Council will be showing a pre-recorded ceremony on Facebook and YouTube on Wednesday January 27 to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
The day marks 76 years since the liberation of the concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau and 26 years since the genocide in Bosnia.
The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 is ‘being the light in the darkness’. The idea behind this is to show how each and every person can help make a difference in someone else’s life and help reduce prejudice in the modern world. To represent the theme residents are being asked to light a candle to remember but also look forward and share photos on social media.
Guest speakers include a Dr Eve Clevenger, the descendant of a holocaust survivor, Cllr Paul Watling Cabinet Member for Cooperative Communities, Engagement and Partnerships, Telford and Wrekin Mayor Cllr Amrik Jhawar, David Sidaway Chief Executive at Telford & Wrekin Council and students from Newport Girl’s High School.
Cllr Paul Watling said: “This year’s theme asks all of us to recognise that the responsibility for genocide education and prevention does not lie only with survivors sharing their testimony.
‘Their experiences hold lessons for all of us and it is vital that we listen to their experiences and become witnesses for them. As distortions and denial increase, facing the extent and nature of the crimes committed to reveal the truth of genocide and genocidal regimes is more important than ever.
‘Our lights are more powerful when we work together with others. It gives us a responsibility to work for a safer, better, future for everyone. Everyone can step up and use their talents to tackle prejudice, discrimination and intolerance wherever we encounter them.
‘We can all stand in solidarity. We can choose to be the light in the darkness through our own actions – at home, in public, and online, and I urge you all to do so.”
To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day and how you can get involved visit www.telford.gov.uk/HMD