Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony to be held online

Telford & Wrekin Council will be showing a pre-recorded ceremony again this year, to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony to be held online

Holocaust Memorial Day is held on 27 January each year, on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi concentration camp.

It is a day to remember the millions of people murdered in the Holocaust, under Nazi persecution, and in the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and elsewhere since.

The film also includes a minute’s silence and candle-lighting ceremony reflecting on the impact of genocide around the world.

The event will be broadcast on the council’s YouTube and Facebook channels at 11am on Thursday27 January.

The theme for2022 is ‘One Day’, with 27 January being the one day that people put aside their differences and get together to learn about genocide in the past, empathise with others today and take action for a better future.

Speakers at the pre-recorded ceremony include retired Telford GP Eve Clevenger, a direct descendant of a holocaust survivor, who will be talking about ‘one day in history’, and pupils from Ercall Wood Academy reading poems they have written on the topic of ‘one day in the future’.

Other speakers include Telford & Wrekin Council chief executive David Sidaway, Borough Mayor Cllr Amrik Jhawar, Cllr Paul Watling, cabinet member for stronger and safer communities, and Cllr Raj Mehta, Chair of Telford Interfaith Council.

Councillor Paul Watling, cabinet member for stronger and safer communities, said: “Unfortunately, like last year, we’ve not been able to gettogether in person to mark Holocaust Memorial Day this year, but it is important that we observe the day and remember the millions of people murdered in genocides around the world, so we will be playing a pre-recorded ceremony instead.

“We will also be lighting up Southwater One from dusk on 27 January to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and raise awareness of this important day.

“On this day we take the time to honour the victims and survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides around the world, to learn lessons from their experiences and make sure that they are not repeated. As a society we must recognise that there is no place in the world for hatred, discrimination or prejudice and that everyone one of us can help to make a difference and tackle intolerance.”

You can watch the pre-recorded ceremony online from 11am on Thursday 27 January on Telford& Wrekin Council’s Facebook  or YouTube and Southwater One will be illuminated in purple from dusk on the same day.

 For more information about Holocaust Memorial Day, visit www.telford.gov.uk/HMD